BAA HAS reacted swiftly this week to scotch allegations in a fake press release alleging that the procurement revolution launched by the airport operator is not delivering results.
The press release bears the logo of the Oceanic project team - a 'virtual company' created from disparate consultants to work as one on the Heathrow Terminal 3 extension projects.
It purports to be from BAA development manager Amanda Thompson and makes a number of allegations including that:
projects run under BAA's framework system are costing 10% more, not saving 10%;
the Oceanic construction team was instructed to stop work in December until costs had been controlled and that the virtual company was to disbanded.
BAA construction director Andrew Wolstenholme dismissed all the allegations. While he admitted that outturn project costs did vary he said: 'No way could you draw the conclusion that they are 10% higher. That is complete misrepresentation.'
He denied that site work on T3 was ordered to stop in December but admitted that there had been a price adjustment.
He said that the Oceanic team would continue to work on T3 as required. He added that BAA was changing its framework philosophy to create clusters of companies to work on specific areas (NCE last week).
'We are continuing to challenge people and there will be some blood spilt. I suspect some, especially consultants, whose traditional role we are challenging, will not feel comfortable.'