TfL orders review of Garden Bridge procurement process

Transport for London is to review the procurement process which saw Thomas Heatherwick win the design contract for the Garden Bridge.

Garden Bridge artist's impression. Image: Garden Bridge Trust
Garden Bridge artist's impression. Image: Garden Bridge Trust
The Architect's Journal reports that TfL boss Sir Peter Hendy has ordered a review into the process, after it came to light that Heatherwick's design cost more than three times as much as the next most expensive bidder.

A Freedom of Information request was made by the Journal last year into the tendering process, but when the report was published the costs of the tenders were redacted.

When those figures were eventually released they showed Heatherwick's design cost £173,000, compared to WilkinsonEyre's bid of £49,939 and Marks Barfield's bid of £15,125. But despite this, TfL had said Heatherwick's bid was the most "economically advantageous".

Hendy has since written to Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrats in the London Assembly, saying he has instructed a review of the overall procurement process of the bridge's design contracts, and will publish the findings in full.

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