Garden Bridge (5)

Meeting:

Mayor's Question Time

Date:

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Reference:

Question 2015/3120

Main question

Caroline Pidgeon

How do you respond to the statement made by Peter Smith, Chief Research Officer of Public Spends Matters UK/Europe, on 6th October after examining the published audit report into the procurement process around the Garden Bridge design and development services that "TfL broke the law, simple as that"?


Answer

The Mayor

TfL conducted a rigorous and detailed audit of the procurement processes for the design of the Garden Bridge, which concluded that there was no evidence that would suggest that the final recommendations did not provide value for money from the winning bidders. TfL accepts that the processes followed did not comply with all aspects of procurement regulation but does not consider that the outcome of either process was adversely impacted or that any of the bidders were disadvantaged as a result of the process followed.