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Fears of 'forced marriage' haunt rival bidders


FIRMS COMPETING to programme manage construction of London's Olympic Park this week raised fears that the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) could 'force a marriage' between rival bidders.

The ODA has received 81 expressions of interest in the contract, also known as its delivery partner role, from consortiums of contractors and consultants.

Each team is confident that it has the resources to oversee the £2.3M development in East London's Lower Lea Valley.

But there is concern that the ODA will ask rival firms to work together, as it did when selecting its design team (NCE 26 January).

The ODA asked the EDAW consortium to work with Atkins and Arup on the Olympic Park design. Capita Symonds executive director Jonathan Goring said it was easy to see the same happening with the delivery partner role.

'However, ' he added, 'I think they [the ODA] can hint strongly and the consortia will rearrange themselves.' Final bids for the role must be submitted to the ODA by April 25 and none of the consortia has ruled out further changes to its line-up before that date.

Bechtel is the only firm bidding on its own, but company sources say it is likely to team up with another fi rm before this month's deadline passes.

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