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Cost of Fosters’ Ipswich bridge project rockets by £43m


Maybe 3 bridges for less than the Garden Bridge – but a 40% cost increase!! Something clearly appears to be going wrong here as well. Whether or not this is in the initial cost estimates, through the process & result of RIBA’s bridge design competition, or any other matters - the current proposals are now apparently referenced as ‘THE RIBA DESIGN’ option. The initial AJ competition & procurement process reporting in April raised significant material concerns. This should have been a wakeup call for the RIBA. These revelations warranted a transparent RIBA audit/review, & public reporting to establish future improvements & what lessons might be learnt - with recommendations for reforms. An early ‘Mea Culpa’ might also have appeared warranted. Yet none of this has apparently happened and despite the significant reputational damage to RIBA competition procedures that might now appear to be emerging. Having written to RIBA seeking action then, I still await a response. Other members should now also write to ensure that RIBA Competition practices are improved - so they can provide a robust standard quality and professional benchmark. Better late than never!!

Posted date

5 October, 2018

Posted time

11:41 am


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