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Ten concrete steps to improve competition culture for architecture in Europe in just one year.

09 October 2017 - Last week in Amsterdam, Architectuur Lokaal organized the first two-day conference on Competition Culture in Europe. The results of research in seventeen countries were presented, compared, and supplemented with knowledge from other countries. The meeting served as the start of a four-year project geared towards improving the accessibility and transparency of competitions in Europe. At the close of the conference, concrete agreements were made which are feasible within one year and will be carried out by the representatives of the more than 25 countries that were present.
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Conference on Competition Culture

25 July 2017 - How can architects, especially the new generation, find out what design contests are announced in Europe? What considerations should they make to decide if they’re going to participate in an architect selection abroad? And what is the chance a winning plan will be built? Architect selections for commissions below EU thresholds are not published on the official website Tenders European Daily (TED). Smaller commissions stay below the radar and, above all, not all European countries are members of the European Union. In order to gain better insight into the current situation, Architectuur Lokaal will host a two day international conference in Amsterdam: Competition Culture in Europe, on September 28 and 29. The conference will mark the start of a four-year program on competition culture in Europe.
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Design contest portals by country

25 July 2017 - As part of the Competition Culture in Europe program we've published a list of (national) websites for seventeen European countries where design contests are announced. Design contest below the EU thresholds are usually not published on Tenders European Daily. We will continue to update this list. If a country or a website is missing, please notify us by email.
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Design Contest Guidance

17 August 2015, ProjectCompass - ProjectCompass has published New Design Contest Guidance for the appointment of Architects and Design Teams – providing a comprehensive route map for successful design contests. The aim of the guide is to introduce to the UK the new practices outlined below and help open the market to this quality based appointment process further. The guide is for private and public authorities, and their architects and design teams – collating all invaluable information into one easy to access document.
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thefulcrum.eu to improve & make more transparent public procurement for architecture

16 March 2015 - thefulcrum.eu is an international platform that aims for better & transparent public procurement for architecture via an e-procurement system, based on the ‘Steunpunt system’ as a uniform European ‘golden standard’. The platform is a joint Dutch/British initiative which was first presented November 2014 in Amsterdam. The website TheFulcrum.eu was launched February 2015 in London. The founding organisations are Architectuur Lokaal for The Netherlands and Project Compass CIC for the United Kingdom. Other national organisations can join the TheFulcrum.eu.
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The Public Contract Regulations (Scotland)- A Consultation on Changes to the Public Procurement Rules in Scotland

27 February 2015, the Scottish Government - This consultation paper describes, and seeks views on, changes to the public procurement rules in Scotland . These changes largely arise from three new EU Directives concerned with Public Procurement, Concessions and Utilities contracts and must be implemented into new Scottish Regulations by 18 April 2016. The consultation also considers elements of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.
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The Public Contract Regulations 2015 come into effect in England on the 26 February 2015

26 February 2015 - This supports a less risk-averse approach and should set a legal framework which promotes the quality of the built environment by ensuring genuine competition and providing better value for money. This represent significant reform and modernisation of public sector procurement which will have significant impact on the preparations for a procurement, processes, procedures, awards, contracts and implementation through to life cycle completion.
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New NL<>UK portal opens European market for architecture

25 February 2015 - Today the new online European portal The Fulcrum has been launched in The Royal Festival Hall in London. This portal sets out to raise the transparency of public procurement of architectural design services at the European level. The Fulcrum is the result of a joint initiative of the independent foundations Architectuur Lokaal (NL) and Project Compass CIC (UK).
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Market Transparency UK

25 February 2015 - For most of the profession, the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) procurement process for winning publicly funded work is a dreaded, bureaucratic minefield which should be avoided. It is wasteful, anti-risk, frustratingly slow and off-limits to all but a handful of companies. Now, a damning new report has uncovered figures that seem to support this perception, exposing just how bleak architects’ chances of winning work are.
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Market Transparency NL

24 February 2015 - Over the past years Steunpunt Architectuur Lokaal has analyzed Dutch procurement for architectural design to increase market transparency and improve Dutch procurement. This research has resulted in several quarterly publications and three extended reports.
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