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CLM beats Bechtel to key London 2012 job

CLM, the joint venture company set up between US programme manager CH2M Hill, Laing O'Rourke and Mace, was yesterday appointed to manage construction of London's Olympic Park for the 2012 Games.
The Anglo-American consortium beat Bechtel to become the Olympic Delivery Authority's (ODA) Delivery Partner after the US firm proved too expensive.ODA chief executive David Higgins said: 'The selection process involved firstly a technical appraisal of each of the four bids. The top two from this were then taken forward and assessed on the commercial aspects of their bids. I can confirm that Bechtel was the other firm in the top two.'The other shortlisted bids were from Legacy (Bovis Lend Lease/KBR/Capita Symonds) and G3 (Amec, Balfour Beatty and Jacobs), but as predicted by NCE it was a two horse race between CLM and Bechtel (NCE 22 June).Higgins also confirmed the Delivery Partner contract is worth 'in excess of £100M'.CLM will be headed by Laing O'Rourke boss Ray O'Rourke as chairman and CH2M Hill's Ron Brooks as chief executive and programme director.Brooks said: 'The first thing we have to do now is talk in great detail to establish the highest priority action items. The critical thing is to get the planning [for the park] and to get the programme correct.'Brooks added that he anticipated CLM will grow to as many as 200 staff by the time construction fully gets underway in 2008.There will now follow a ten day cooling off period before CLM officially takes up its new role.john.mckenna@emap.com

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