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RIBA council calls for Garden Bridge procurement to be investigated


While they're at it, the RIBA Council might find it instructive to compare the TfL Garden Bridge procurement saga with that of the TfL procurement of the 'Boris bus' design - where the two competition winners (Foster and Partners' proposal in collaboration with Aston Martin being one) were passed over in favour of Heatherwick. And when it comes to 'flawed evaluation and scoring during the bidding process', is it entirely coincidental that during Boris Johnson's spell as Mayor of London this was exactly the same criticism of the hugely expensive collapse of a TfL underground signalling contract, estimated to amount to a £1.422 billion 'hit' at the end of the day? Did a culture of cronyism and rottenness seep into TfL and the Mayor of London's organisation on Boris's watch? If so, should the RIBA be checking whether the pressures of winning commissions, and striving to keep the right side of very powerful and influential client bodies, might have caused some architects to drift into that zone where 'don't rock the boat, remember where your fees come from' might easily become intertwined with pervasive corruption?

Posted date

29 June, 2016

Posted time

6:01 pm