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Delivery group sets programme rolling

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RESPONSIBILITY FOR driving forward the Olympic Games construction programme will initially fall to an interim body led by the Greater London Authority.

'The London 2012 organisation goes into a transition team which will hold the baby until the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) is established, ' a London 2012 offi cial told NCE after the result of the bid was announced. This organisation, known as the Olympic Delivery Group, will take charge for the next two weeks until LOCOG is in place.

The interim group will be headed by London mayor Ken Livingstone's senior policy adviser Neale Coleman.

LOCOG will initially take charge of procurement until the government has established the Olympic Delivery Agency.

The Bill is expected to go before Parliament today (Thursday). It will provide the necessary planning and compulsory purchase powers to secure land in the Lower Lea Valley which is not already committed to the Games.

It will also set up a dedicated Olympic lottery to generate funds for the construction programme.

ome major procurement work has already begun. The London Development Agency has issued tenders for:

Design of the Olympic Park and infrastructure (excluding venues) l Velopark esign l Programme management l Demolition and remediation contracts.

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