UK's dire lack of Ojeu design contests ‘hampers small firms’

Russell Curtis RCKa

Architect rues UK procurement shortcomings compared with France and Germany

Just four design competitions were launched in the UK via an Official Journal of the European Union notice this year – compared with hundreds in France and Germany, according to a new crunch of official statistics.

Russell Curtis, who campaigns on procurement issues and who unearthed the figures, said the data suggested a degree of risk-aversion among public-sector procurers that effectively excluded smaller practices from showing their ideas via competitions.

As well as being a founding partner of the RCKa practice, Curtis is a director of the Project Compass community interest company, which provides free access to Ojeu architectural tender notices in the UK and other market intelligence to the sector.

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