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Procurement process for the Garden Bridge must be independently evaluated – Caroline Pidgeon

March 25, 2015 4:43 PM

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor's refusal at today's Mayor's Question Time to accept a full and independent audit of the procurement process for the design of the Garden Bridge said:

"Through extensive investigation led by Architect Journal a number of serious issues have arisen about how Heatherwick Studio was awarded the contract for the design of the proposed bridge. It really is odd in the extreme that companies with far greater expertise in designing bridges were marked down on the criteria of 'relevant design experience'.

"When a former chairman of the Royal Institute of British Architects procurement reform group states that serious questions remain about the selection process you would expect the Mayor of London to directly address the issues of concern.

"Yet instead the Mayor has dodged answering questions and simply thrown abusive comments at anyone who dares to question the merits of the Garden Bridge."

"The whole process has been as murky as the water that flows down the Thames."

ENDS

Notes to editors:

  1. Details of the questions remaining about the Garden Bridge tender process can be seen in this Financial Times article:

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/fbdd5c72-c407-11e4-a02e-00144feab7de.html#axzz3VOLpYjVC

  2. The long standing connection of the Mayor and Joanna Lumley can be seen in this BBC report:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01df5ym

  3. Next week the Mayor of London should be answering these written questions asked by Caroline Pidgeon:

    http://questions.london.gov.uk/QuestionSearch/searchclient/questions/question_281397

    http://questions.london.gov.uk/QuestionSearch/searchclient/questions/question_281396

    http://questions.london.gov.uk/QuestionSearch/searchclient/questions/question_1775