wombat - Member
'Large public body relises it's fecked up and goes into arse cover mode by starting the whole process again from scratch'
Clearly they realised something was wrong and are now tryign to rectify it before there's court action.
From my experience of public sector procurement quite likely this (or something similar).
Alternatively the winning bidder may have got their sums wrong (or made some unfortunate and incorrect financial or operational assumptions) and wants to renegotiate terms having won the contract.*
*not suggesting that this is actually the case, just that this is an alternative scenario that has happened in the past with public sector procurement projects
This, and public sector tenders have a window within which the losing party can challenge the award. Usually they don't becuase the legals costs a fortune, but perhaps PM spotted a dead cert reason.
In fact they must have if the tender has to be re-run, the procurement costs alone will be 10's of thousands, the lawsuit even more, so it'll be cheaper to re run the tender.