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Over 100 people attended the RIBA Event How Do We Make Great Places? Procuring Buildings of the Best Value and Design on 8th May in Bristol.

Chairing the event was Professor Richard Parnaby, Vice Chairman of ARB, trustee of the Architecture Centre Bristol. Mayor George Ferguson gave the keynote speech on what makes great architecture in a city, discussing how we are making improvements to processes in Bristol and where opportunities lie. Walter Menteth provided recommendations from the RIBA report ‘Building Ladders of Opportunity’. The case study demonstrating a Bristol building of best value on design was South Bristol Community Hospital, delivered by David Perkin, AWW Director. Matthew Saunders RICS Associate Director discussed the recommendations of the RICS Construction Policy Document on reducing cost whilst maintaining quality.

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The three summary recommendations of the RIBA Report and their implications for the regional market were discussed at some length:

1. Further examine the best ways to drive efficiencies and savings to ensure the public procurement system functions in the best interests of all those it serves.

2. Embed processes that ensure buildings are sustainable by focusing on design outcomes.

3. Create a competitive market by increasing access and allowing the public sector to take full advantage of UK design talent.

Geraint James, RIBA Bristol and Bath’s Vice Chair and AWW architect, commented that it was “a well-supported, thought provoking and engaging event”.

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