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What are the advantages and disadvantages for a contracting authority in using the design contest procedure under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 for a high profile landmark development?

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Published on LexisPSL on 25/10/2016

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  • What are the advantages and disadvantages for a contracting authority in using the design contest procedure under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 for a high profile landmark development?

What are the advantages and disadvantages for a contracting authority in using the design contest procedure under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 for a high profile landmark development?

Design contests are defined as follows in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015), SI 2015/102, reg 2:

'those procedures which enable a contracting authority to acquire, mainly in the fields of town and country planning, architecture and engineering or data processing, a plan or design selected by a jury after being put out to competition with or without the award of prizes.’

The rules governing design contests are set out in PCR 2015, SI 2015/102, regs 78–82. In brief, a contracting authority publishes a contest notice in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), inviting candidates to submit designs for a project (PCR 2015, SI 2015/102, reg 79). The number of competing candidates can be limited by reference to ’clear and non-discriminatory selection criteria’ (PCR 2015, SI 2015/102, reg 80) which might include, for

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