Transforming Public Procurement: London Practice Forum & Project Compass respond to Government Green Paper

The London Practice Forum and Project Compass – a community interest company that campaigns for better public procurement – have co-authored a formal response to the Government’s Green Paper on procurement reform, which was published on 15 December 2020.

We broadly welcome the proposals outlined in the green paper, especially the focus on achieving social value and recognising the importance of long-term outcomes in the assessment of tender submissions.

We recognise, however, that many of these recommendations are already possible under the Public Contract Regulations 2015, and that rather than simple legislative reform, a profound shift in culture and understanding is necessary to ensure that these ambitions are realised. Specific guidance must be provided on, for example, more intelligent methods of scoring quality and price, and submission requirements and qualification criteria must be commensurate with the scale of service being commissioned.

You can view the full Project Compass / LPF response below.

Call for Colleagues

The London Practice Forum comprises 21 leading architectural practices. Together we have immense influence over the choice of other consultants with which we work. We are often asked to recommend, or sub-contract, services from other disciplines.

This privileged position enables us to take steps to address the lack of diversity in the wider industry. It makes sense to use our influence to improve access to larger projects for minority-led practices who might otherwise not have these opportunities.

On this basis we are keen to hear from related disciplines—particularly, but not exclusively, structural, services engineers and landscape designers—from BAME and female-led firms who are interested in joining an informal framework to which LPF members could refer when asked for recommendations.

Please email hello@practiceforum.london with details of your company, or to make recommendations (or use the comment facility below). Obviously we can’t guarantee that work will come your way, but all LPF member practices are committed to improving representation within the built environment and we think this could make a tangible difference.

We are also acutely aware that the LPF is itself not as diverse as we would like it to be. We are taking steps to address this. We see no reason, however, why both initiatives can’t take place in parallel.