July 13th, 2012

Public space “design cartel” gets public shaming by public procurement authority

kozti kossuth ter

Hungary’s public procurement arbitrator KD has voided the results of a construction tender organized by the national infrastructure developer Nemzeti Infrastruktúra Fejlesztő Zrt (NIF) and won by Középülettervező Zrt (Közti), a consortium of six architectural firms that has bagged a string of government contracts in the recent past.

The procurement authority acted in the case of a tender for a HUF 50 million state-funded project to build an engineering site and police station along the M4 motorway, in which one competitor – Kasib Mérnöki Manager Iroda Kft – was barred for a “disproportionately low bid price.” In addition to voiding the tender, the authority fined the NIF HUF 1 million for its unlawfully treatment of the low bidder.

Közti, which traces its roots back to 1949, has won public tenders for the redesigning of several high-profile public places in Budapest, including the Kossuth square outside Parliament (above), Várkert Bazár (Castle Garden Bazaar) and the Budai Várnegyed (Buda Castle District). The projects are worth a combined HUF 839 million. [napi.hu]


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