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ODA delivery partner ruled out of major 2012 work


LONDON'S OLYMPIC Park programme manager will be out of the running for other major 2012 projects such as the stadium, Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) chief executive David Higgins confirmed last week.

Speaking at NCE's Games Briefing conference, Higgins said: 'It's hard to see how the delivery partner can be an agent keeping them [contractors] on the straight and narrow if it is the contractors themselves checking their performance. It's a case of poacher turned gamekeeper.' The document for the programme management (delivery partner) contract does not exclude work on other Olympic projects, but does require bidding firms to disclose conflicts of interest.

Consultants and contractors contacted by NCE said they understood before bidding that they would be ruling themselves out of future Games work if successful.

'Currently we are of the same opinion - that you can't do both, ' said a Bovis Lend Lease spokesman.

The contractor is part of consortium that includes Capita Symonds, KBR and Franklin & Andrews. Balfour Beatty is in a bidding team with Amec. A spokesman for the consortium said: 'It's difficult to imagine how the delivery partner could work on other projects, although for us, building the stadium isn't an issue as that's not what we do.' The deadline for consortia to bid is 25 April and the ODA has so far received 81 expressions of interest (News last week). Other bidders include Parsons Brinckerhoff/EC Harris/ Taylor Woodrow/Sinclair Knight Merz; CH2M Hill/Mace/Laing O'Rourke/Davis Langdon; and Bechtel.

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