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Pringle offers to advise government on 'Smart PFI'

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RIBA president Jack Pringle has offered to brief a senior government minister on his 'Smart PFI' model in the aftermath of the devastating Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report into the Paddington Health Campus fiasco.

Pringle has written to Andy Burnham, the health minister for delivery and reform, offering the private meeting.

The RIBA president has long held the view that the PFI procurement method is flawed because of the lack of priority it gives to design.

The PAC report into the debacle surrounding the £900 million Paddington project, which was masterplanned by Terry Farrell, appears to support Pringle's grievances.

The document savaged the lack of design brief, project leadership and organisation on the scheme, which collapsed in 2005 at enormous cost to the taxpayer without even winning planning permission.

Pringle believes that Smart PFI, which promotes the role of the architect and the design brief, is the answer to these problems.

by Ed Dorrell

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