Decision making at the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has fallen into a state of limbo following its appointment of the CLM consortium as delivery partner on the London 2012 Olympics project last month, consultants told NCE this week.
The process of ironing out details of the relationship with CLM - a consortium of CHTM Hill, Laing O'Rourke and Mace - had, they warned, left no clear leadership on projects already underway in preparation for the Games'We have been introduced to the delivery partner but there are no lines of engagement,' said a senior member of one of the design teams working for the ODA.'No rules have been identified,' he added. 'ODA staff themselves are as yet unsure as to the operating mandate that CLM has.'The ODA accepted that the relationship details were still being finalised but denied the process was creating problems. A spokeswoman claimed it was business as usual until the ODA was ready to announce exactly how the relationship between itself and CLM will work.'There are project sponsors within ODA who are responsible for particular areas. While discussions [with CLM] are ongoing, all decisions will be made by the ODA,' she said. 'The ODA is in ultimate, overall charge of all projects.'But concern over the decision making process appears to be growing. Another source complained that 'the ODA's left hand doesn't know what the right hand's doing'.He described the fact that the ODA and CLM couldn't explain their relationship, as 'disappointing' pointing out that as a result they were still waiting to have meetings to resolve various issues.'The issues we have aren't particularly pressing at the moment. We can carry on regardless,' he said. 'But the problem is that because the ODA's staff don't know what their remit is they are not making decisions. If we were to make a proposal they may be unable to act on it.'However, other consultants also expressed fears that any delays in confirming the relationship between the ODA and CLM could impact the timetable for deciding on the forms of procurement to be used for construction.'The decision on whether the ODA will be using traditional tenders, negotiation, design and build... It's not critical now but will become so within three to six months,' said a potential bidder.