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From stitch-up to shut-out – why can’t Transport for London get bridge procurement right?


Good procurement should be about being open, innovative, transparent, and offering a level playing field to allow the best value and most appropriate designs to emerge. But this is ridiculous, unnecessary nonsense, brought about by a lack of imagination and understanding of the real principles of public procurement. It is also somewhat professionally shameful, and in my view unethical, that the commissioning of the evaluation exercise off the TfL framework has it appears then delivered a conclusion almost it would appear deliberately to preclude a well-considered engineering and design proposition, by other renown designers. This appears to be a clear way to knock out competition and pave the way for TfL’s appointed incumbents. Can TfL be asked to publically explain this?

Posted date

13 February, 2018

Posted time

2:51 pm