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Back Olympic bid, Arup chief urges organisatons

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ARUP CHAIRMAN Terry Hill this week urged construction professionals and trade bodies to do more to support London's 2012 Olympic bid.

Hill said that bodies like the ICE should do more to show that their members have the skills and capacity to deliver first class Olympic facilities.

The ICE has yet to publicly support the bid, citing the need to consult its 3,500 London members (NCE 25 November).

It is to prepare a statement before the International Olympic Committee's technical visit to London to assess its bid on 16 February.

'Industry bodies need to be more vocal, ' he said. 'There is a need to motivate and wind up the industry because we can do far more before the process starts.' Hill told delegates that the prevailing attitude of waiting to see if the bid is successful before gearing up was not good enough.

He added that the bid team could help by publishing 'appetising' information about schemes that might emerge.

More information on the scale of work required to deliver the games would have a galvanising effect on getting businesses on board, he said.

Companies also want to know what procurement philosophies are emerging. They want to know whether there would be framework contracts which fi rms would have to pre-qualify for, he added.

'It is absolutely crucial to make the procurement process supremely effi ient, rather than being the Herculean task it always seems to be, ' he said.

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