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London 2012: Contractors turn backs on temporary venues

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has been forced to act as main contractor on four key temporary venues after contractors shunned the opportunity to build the structures, it was revealed last week.

Instead of a traditional design and build package as used on all other London 2012 venues, the ODA will procure suppliers across 15 packages and then project manage construction.

It will use this approach for the basketball arena, the water polo venue, the BMX track and the athletes training ground at Eton Manor, which will be transformed into the tennis and archery venues for the Paralympics.

"There was no appetite in the market for main contractors to do
design and build on the temporary venues, so we are procuring
the supply chain and building it ourselves," said ODA head
of procurement Morag Stuart, speaking at NCE’s Games Briefing in London.

"We will begin issuing pre-qualification questionnaires for the civils packages in the final quarter of 2008."

The 15 packages will range across materials and services such as temporary seating and scaffolding, with the successful bidder for each package working across all four venues.

The 12,000 seat basketball venue is being designed by a joint venture of SKM and Wilkinson Eyre architects, Eton Manor is being designed by architect Stanton Williams and the BMX track falls under Expedition Engineering and Hopkins architects’ Velopark design.

The ODA confirmed it was due to go out to tender for a designer
of the water polo venue shortly.

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