Council Procurement Maladministration in Stewarding Services

13 Apr 2018
“The public service ombudsman in Northern Ireland found bad practice – defined as “maladministration” – in a procurement exercise carried out by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. This was a very small contract, only a few thousand pounds, but interesting in that it involved a...

UK Government Seeks Commitments on GKN Acquisition

29 Mar 2018
The UK secretary of state for business has sought a series of binding commitments before he will authorise the proposed acquisition of GKN (part of the business supplies UK defence sector) by turnaround specialist Melrose, which is worth £8.1bn. The Engineer has been running a poll (still open) on...

Recommendations and New Strategies in Scottish Procurement

29 Mar 2018
The Scottish Parliament’s cross-party group for construction has been advised by specialist contractors on ways to improve public procurement. Among the proposals are greater use of project bank accounts, placing retentions in trust and the creation of a construction regulator. There are more...

UK West Coast Rail Franchise Bidding Begins

29 Mar 2018
The Government has invited bids for the new West Coast Partnership franchise, which will run from 2019 until 2031 and could see a single organisation operating all aspects of HS2. The winner will take on the existing franchise operated by Virgin Trains, as well as overseeing the introduction of...

Procura+ Sustainable and Innovation Procurement Seminar Highlights

29 Mar 2018
The 15th Procura+ Seminar on Sustainable and Innovation Procurement took place last week in Oslo, with ICLEI and the SPP Regions project partnering to host. Procura+ Network participants, practitioners, experts, and policy makers from across Europe gathered to hear the Vice Mayor of Oslo...

British Passports Contract Likely To Go To Foreign Supplier

23 Mar 2018
It would be remiss of us not to mention the British passports story that is all over the news this week. Basically, the contract to make the new post-Brexit passports is likely to be going to a Franco-Dutch firm, with the existing producer losing out on price. The incumbent UK supplier – and...

CCS Digital Outcomes and Specialists 3 – Bids Open July

23 Mar 2018
  UK Crown Commercial Service (CCS) – the government commercial arm – has confirmed that it plans to launch the third iteration of the Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS) framework this year. The framework helps the public sector to find suppliers that can research, design, build, test and...

Concerns Over Security of UK Online Public Services

22 Mar 2018
An article in The Register this week pointed to the ‘insecurity’ of the UK’s public sector’s key government services. “UK.gov’s secure server setup is patchy at best,” it says, and “The security of UK government websites is inconsistent, and local authorities are among the worst...

Bids Invited for £1.6bn Heathrow Railway

22 Mar 2018
London Waterloo to Heathrow Airport is a proposed new rail line, and the UK government is inviting private investors to fund it. Transport secretary Chris Grayling announced that the government is seeking third-party involvement for proposals for the new southern rail link, which would be more than...

$5.5 Million Waiting to be Paid for Collapsed Bridge

21 Mar 2018
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will suspend all remaining federal payments, about $5.5 million, for the work on the collapsed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University that killed six just days after being installed. “Before another dollar is spent on this bridge, we...