Welcome to Project Compass

ProjectCompass CIC a new free easy access e-procurement service for architects and clients, providing current UK construction-related OJEU tender notices, data, research, resources and guidance.

Notice Type:   Procedure:   Award Criteria:   Region:  RSS Feed:    Deadlines:  
Project Compass Design Contest Guidance

Project Compass CIC has published its Design Contest Guidance for the appointment of Architects and Design teams.

Click here to download or order a hard copy of the document.

Cover of Project Compass CIC Design Contest Guidance

About Project Compass CIC

Fulcrum presents a rolodex of current OJEU notices arranged from green to red ordered by the time available to submit responses, with filters for notice types, procedure, award criteria, project location and date. This connects to the issued notice and delivers to your desktop free automatic alerts based on your criteria with or without a calendar feed.

Sesame provides transparent analysis, tables and visualisations of notice data since 2008, from our comprehensive database. Many variables can be tracked and interrogated including client type, winning organisations, location, size, value, date and project type. This offers industry up to date market research covering processes, procurement histories and outputs.

Compass delivers clear recommended best practice procurement guidance along with resources. This supports better and more competitive access with simpler more intelligent commissioning processes.

Our activities address the need to change UK construction procurement practices because they are evidently inefficient relative to our continental competitors operating under the same EU Directives.

UK Procurement has frequently been gold-plated, disproportionate, inappropriate, unduly complex and incapable of addressing risk proportionately.  High UK procedural costs have been driving further contract aggregation and denying market competition, particularly for micro and SMEs businesses. 

Denying competition impacts on cost, quality, innovation, growth and long term economic benefit by constraining business progression. It increases expense for all, whilst reducing choice, competition, potential and value. 

In ‘Compass’ we aim to highlight the many advantages and flexibilities some alternative approaches to procurement can offer to increase understanding of the potential. Their appropriate use can lead to considerable benefits in cost, value, quality and time.

By providing direct links to sector specific public contract notices ‘Fulcrum’ improves transparency and accessibility, reducing time and cost for competitors. To make informed judgement links permit competitors opportunity to review a contracting authority’s procurement history and background. 

When you read notice details we encourage you to respond in our ‘comments box’ to those which fall short, are erroneous, discriminatory, and disproportionate or unduly reduce competition. These comments can be used to petition for amendments and redress before the notice deadlines, whilst providing market feedback for future client guidance.

ProjectCompass CIC is a not for profit organisation. Users are invited to make a donation to support its member’s commitment and ensure the facility maybe sustained and expanded over time.

Latest News

The crescendo of Thames Garden Bridge opposition call for an independent inquiry

23 07 2016

Following Project Compass's detailed submission of critical evidence into the procurement of design services for the Thames Garden Bridge to the GLA Oversight Committee 17/9/15, and the subsequent Project Compass Thames Garden Bridge Procurement Report 02/16 examining both procurements of design and project management/engineering services, a significant number of other further fundemental concerns have been brought to light.

Calls have been growing for the project to be subject to an independent inquiry, with the RIBA now joining the chorus. Five inquiries: by The Charity Commission, The National Audit Office, the GLA Oversight Committee, the Mayors Office, and TfL's external auditors have or are now interogating seperate issues. An independent inquiry having a remit to explore and uncover all issues together is urgently need so as to establish and report on all the facts, the lack of transparency, the many apparent systemic issues and lack of oversight, which to date has resulted in public expenditure of a reputed £37.7m. for which there is nothing to show.

Project Compass call for this project to be put on hold until the time such a single independent inquiry has reported and delivered its recommendations.

The Project Compass Procurement report, the Thames Garden Bridge Business Plan report by Dan Anderson, and a Design Critique, by Ian Ritchie along with the damning GLA Oversight Committee Report (into the Design Services procurement) are all now available in a single repository HERE.

#Remain in Europe

22 06 2016

A purpose in aligning EU procurement regulations has been to ensure our closest markets are freely accessible for design services.  The EU has constructively contributed to ensure the ongoing reform of procurement is made better, fairer, more accessible and can stimulate growth.  PCompass research evidence highlights many of the worst procurement practices uniquely emanate from the UK. The Leave campaign have presented no policy on how improvement might be achievable or delivered, with no evidence that leaving the EU would benefit UK construction procurement. In this absence what have we to go on?

Michael Gove when in education axed the BSF programme and illustrated disdain for both SME access and qualitative outputs in the schools building programme.  Boris Johnson as London’s Mayor set precedent for disdaining probity and legal process in the Thames Garden Bridge procurement. There is no doubting now that these damaging harbingers have national significance.

Should the UK vote to leave, the immediate likely impacts on procurement practices would initially be minimal as the UK has transposed EU directives into UK regulations. However upon withdrawal from the EU Treaties (which would take at least 2 years), barriers to EU market access would impose constraints on UK practices working within the EU. For many EU architects working on projects, within practices and academia in the UK, opportunities would also become constrained.  This would reduce the UK’s talent pool, diminish prospects, capacity and the economic strength of the creative/design services sector. Separate subsequent negotiations on market access to individual countries across the globe could take anything from 10 years, subject to the civil and diplomatic services having the available resources. We should anticipate a Leave decision might herald a long period of instability and reduced procurement opportunity, independently of how a Brexit might otherwise destabilise the underlying economic, cultural, social and security environment in the UK and EU. A significant recessionary decline might therefore be anticipated.

The ascendant popularists would have us believe that xenophobia, nationalism, islamophobia and isolation, within an increasingly interconnected world, is a good thing. 

PCompass on the contrary welcome and enjoy an open accessible and inter connected world where we can work together in collaboration with our European partners and colleagues in facing pressing shared issues together and solving common problems that can ensure stability, rights, freedom and prosperity.

We have no doubts the Leave campaign is entirely regressive.

We hope you will agree with us in urging everyone to VOTE REMAIN

Project Compass Newsletter May 2016

01 06 2016

The Project Compass CIC Newsletter is available HERE

This reports on PCompass's first highly successfull year in which the servioce uptake has surpassed expectations, some notable procurement trends can be seen to be changing, activities and impacts, and our anticipated future programme.  Project Compass is also calling for development funding to update,  develop and expand the initiative. 

Join Project Compass now and become one of our many highly valued supporters.

Public Accounts Committee publish report on Gov. SME spend. 16 May 2016

29 05 2016

The committee concluded:  There had been a loss of momentum in work to increase spending with SME's to 33%; areas of spend hadn't been identified; the Gov. figures were not meaningful; bidding opportunities were still not sufficiently transparent; & issues were no longer getting sufficient priority.  It recommended: Re-establishing momentum; identifying where & how SME's can add value & best compete; that data should be for direct & indirect spend across years; with seperate targets for each; & there should be more & better leadershipo to ensure priorities can be met across all departments. 

Haptic shortlisted for 11,000sq m Norwegian mixed-use development.

10 05 2016

PCompass supporters Haptic have been shortlisted for a 11,000sq m Norwegian mixed-use timber development, which must achieve Passivhaus levels of energy performance. It will include residential, commercial uses & a large car park. Tomas Stokke, a director of Haptic Architects is working with Danish landscape practice SLA, said “We are looking forward to the challenge of developing a project in such a beautiful & picturesque city”  PCompass wish them every success.