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Transport for London Orders Review of the Garden Bridge Procurement Process

Transport for London Orders Review of the Garden Bridge Procurement Process
Transport for London Orders Review of the Garden Bridge Procurement Process, North Landing From Arundel Street. Image Courtesy of Arup
North Landing From Arundel Street. Image Courtesy of Arup

As reported in the Architects' Journal, Transport for London (TfL) – the authority in charge of the Garden Bridge programme, which was approved last year – have ordered a review into the procurement process leading up to Heatherwick's selection to design a new bridge spanning the Thames. Sir Peter Hendy, Commissioner for TfL, will "review of the overall process of procurement of the design contracts, the findings of which [will be published] in full." This statement follows the revelation that Heatherwick Studio’s estimated total price (which was wrongly redacted in response to a Freedom of Information request made by the AJ last February) "was far higher than its two fellow bidders in the 2013 invited concept design competition." Full information about the request is detailed here.

At £173,000, Heatherwick’s initial estimate was more than three times that of Wilkinson Eyre’s £49,939 and more than 11 times Marks Barfield’s £15,125. Heatherwick’s bid was nonetheless judged by TfL the most ‘economically advantageous’.

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Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "Transport for London Orders Review of the Garden Bridge Procurement Process" 22 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/645124/transport-for-london-orders-review-of-the-garden-bridge-procurement-process/> ISSN 0719-8884
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