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Losers count the cost of CLM's 2012 victory


CLM OFFICIALLY became the Olympic delivery partner last Thursday after a twoweek standstill following the announcement last month that it had won the Olympic Delivery Authority's (ODA) coveted role (NCE 7 September).

At the same time it emerged that losing bidders had individually spent up to £1M on the competitive dialogue process.

And there were growing rumours that ODA chairman Jack Lemley, now 71, was about to step down. This was said to be on health grounds but also because he had strongly wanted the job to be awarded to Bechtel.

The rumours were swiftly dismissed by the ODA.

CLM is a consortium of CH2MHill, Laing O' Rourke and Mace. 'Sound planning and timely decision making will continue to be hallmarks of this project as we move to the next phase of infrastructure and venue design, ' said CLM chief executive Rob Brooks as the deal was signed.

But grumbles are emerging from the losing bidders, with a senior consultant at one of the failed Olympic delivery partner consortia highlighting to NCE this week that each company would have spent about £1M on bidding for the contract. This was con med by other bidders.

'It was three months of my life wasted, ' said the senior consultant. 'We're now not interested in bidding for any other Olympic work if it means spending this amount of money and tying up the time of senior engineers for months'.

He added that with so much other work around, there was no need to focus purely on Olympic projects.

Senior sources associated with the Olympic project claim that Lemley considering quitting after Bechtel narrowly lost out in its bid to be delivery partner.

But the ODA strongly dismissed the rumours. 'Jack Lemley fully supports the decision to appoint the CLM Consortium as the ODA's delivery partner, ' said a spokeswoman. 'He shared a platform with the leaders of CLM at the press conference announcing their appointment where he publicly outlined that support.

'He had treatment in the US in late May for arrhythmia [an irregular heartbeat]. He returned to the ODA of ces in June and is now back to health and continues to participate fully as chair of the ODA.'

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