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Wednesday30 July 2014

RIAS demands overhaul of Scottish public procurement

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Architects’ body says process should be dramatically simplified

The body representing architects in Scotland has said practices spend too much time and money pricing up public sector jobs.

A report by the RIAS, published today, says procuring architects north of the border is “very costly, highly inefficient and damaging to Scotland’s economy”.

Chaired by Roy Martin QC, the report recommends that the Scottish government draws up new, easy-to-use guidelines to speed up the tender process and that pre-qualification questionnaires should be dramatically simplified.

The report said that to commission a project worth £130,000 in architect fees can cost the public purse an extra £70,000 and firms a further £240,000 in bid costs.

RIAS president Sholto Humphries said: “Small practices, which make up most of the profession in Scotland, are virtually excluded from the vast majority of public projects. We urge the government to radically review construction procurement as soon as possible otherwise many more small construction businesses will got to the wall.”

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