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1st Edition

An Architect's Guide to Public Procurement

ISBN 9781859465417
Published June 29, 2019 by RIBA Publishing
240 Pages

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Book Description

There is suspicion in the UK and across Europe that the upcoming introduction of new European Directives will encourage a regime of conservatism and legal risk aversion, fostering the delivery of mediocre and banal building design. This book dispels these myths and instead looks at the genuine impact of EU law on architectural practice.
Engaging in public sector work requires a broad understanding of this seemingly complex and constantly evolving subject, and unlike other texts, the book is designed to explore public procurement from the perspective of the architect. An easy to follow guide through the complex legal and technical jargon involved in the procurement process, the book provides practical tools which will assist architects in developing their own, clear procurement strategy.
Although written with a UK audience in mind, the advice will also be applicable to other European jurisdictions. It is invaluable reading for existing practitioners wishing to expand their current involvement in the public procurement process, as well as those encountering it for the first time.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Demystifying Public Procurement Public Procurement in the EU and UK: Purpose and Core Principles  1. Procurement Procedures  2. Contracting Authorities i.e. ‘bodies governed by public law’  Part 2: Planning for Success in Public Procurement Direct and Indirect Means of Participation  3. Qualification: Evaluating Real and Perceived Barriers to your Participation  4. Award Criteria: How Can I Improve my Chances of Success  Part 3: Challenging the Process  5. What are an Architect’s Rights?  6. Challenge Procedures  7. Influencing Buyer Behaviour (individually and as a group)  Part 4: Managing an Architect’s Public Tender Strategy  8. Identifying your Strengths  9. The Architect’s Strategic Lifecycle Approach to Participation  10. Navigating Contract Notices: Avoiding Pit-falls and Playing to One’s Strengths  11. Learning through Participation  12. Planning for the Future 

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Fin Garvey is Director of iPM (a Management Consultancy). A qualified and registered architect (RIAI), Fin is an established speaker on the topic of Project Management and public procurement. He has led the management process from the perspective of owner, sponsor, consultant and implementer and his experience ranges across large-scale engineering, building construction and conservation, software systems, R&D, new product development as well as social and environmental projects.