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Review of the Garden Bridge design contract has only started – Caroline Pidgeon

September 28, 2015 6:19 PM

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the discovering by Architects' Journal that the earlier version of the audit review into the awarding of design contact to Heatherwick Studio was significantly different and far more critical to the published version said:

"Nailing jelly to a wall would be a far easier task than getting to the bottom of the exact process of how Transport for London awarded the design and development services for the Temple to South Bank Footbridge Project to Heatherwick Studio."

"Despite repeated questioning of both the Mayor and TfL and some excellent investigative reporting by Architects' Journal it is clear a great deal of information is still being held back.

"It seems that TfL's audit of the procurement process went through a sanitising process before its publication that Alistair Campbell would be proud of."

"Far from the investigation process into the procurement process being over I believe it has only started.

"To finally reveal the true process that was followed by TfL under their instructions from the Mayor of London I believe it might now be time for the London Assembly to hold more evidence sessions and directly question the person who carried out the audit process."

ENDS

Notes to editors:

  1. Today's report by Architects' Journal:

http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/tfls-garden-bridge-probe-slammed-as-a-whitewash/8689652.article?blocktitle=Top-story&contentID=14302