If You Build it They Will Come – Structuring Development Agreements Outside of Public Procurement Rules


Author: Aaron Boyle and Kenneth Egan

Finding ways to develop land without engaging public procurement rules is challenging. The public body may have land which it wants developed and developers who are happy to take the risk of developing it, but often these arrangements are structured to trigger obligations on the public body to tender the development proposal as works contracts. This can often delay or even prevent development opportunities from being realised. In an environment where demand for development is at crisis levels (be it in the area of social housing, student accommodation or nursing care, for example), delivering developed infrastructure in the most efficient way possible is key to addressing demand.

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