Scottish Borders Council appointed RIAS Consultancy, to manage a value based contractor selection procedure in respect of the Heart of Hawick Project.

The value of the Heart of Hawick Project exceeded the threshold at which publicly funded works must be advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). An “OJEU Notice” was placed in the Official Journal.

‘We chose RIAS because of the credibility and because it had an actual and a perceived independence, and the process worked very well. It also allowed us to have evidence of an externally managed tendering process, we learned a lot ourselves, and it allowed us to support our demonstrations of fairness and equity to all those interested, including our external funders and auditors.’

Lindsay Wood, Scottish Borders Council