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Design and construction teams to help set OIympic stadium budget

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OLYMPIC STADIUM design and construction teams are to be asked to help scope the project and set the budget, Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) chief executive David Higgins said on Tuesday.

Higgins was announcing the start of stadium procurement six years ahead of the opening of London's Games on 27 July, 2012. 'We are looking for an integrated design and construction team with a proven delivery record to work with us on the stadium for 2012, and its legacy use, ' Higgins said.

The team will be selected through a two-stage competitive process. ODA will pre-qualify up to six teams in the rst stage for which tenders close on 4 September. Bidders will find out if they are through to the second stage on 21 September.

The final teams will then be asked to use their inventiveness, ingenuity and knowledge to establish the nal form and cost for the stadium and all associated infrastructure.

'Their skills will be tested through a design challenge for which teams will be paid an honorarium as part of the selection process that will also assess teams' ability to deliver cost-effective designs, ' says the ODA's Living Stadium explanatory document.

The winning team will be appointed in January 2007, with construction scheduled to start in the summer of 2008, completing in summer 2011.

'The stadium is the centrepiece of the park, the showcase for the athletes and the Games, ' said London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games chairman Lord Coe. 'It has to be a worthy venue for the personal odysseys of athletes from every corner of the globe.' It also has to be capable of seating 80,000 people during the Olympics, host the opening and closing events, and contract to 25,000 seats after the Games when it will be a 'multiuse venue with athletics at the core'.

'We are saying to the industry: 'Innovate and surprise us, '' Higgins said. 'We know what we want from the stadium and have a clear idea, internally, of the budget. But rather than be prescriptive we want to know what the industry says is possible and what it will cost. And it may be then that we have to rethink the scope.' The predicted cost of the stadium was £291M at 2004 prices.

This did not include the warm up track and associated roads, bridges and other infrastructure now included in the package when London won the Games.

Teams are expected to include designers, contractors and subcontractors with proven successful stadium-building capability, he said. 'We will be looking for a track record.'

A copy of Living Stadium can be downloaded from www.london2102. com/business.

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