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Olympic bosses to ask industry how to build 2012 pool

Revised designs for the London 2012 aquatics centre will be revealed on Monday. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) will then consult the construction industry about how to build the venue in a series of roadshows, it was revealed yesterday.
ODA design and regeneration director Alison Nimmo said she wanted to avoid a repeat of the procurement of the main stadium, where a shortage of willing contractors meant that only one acceptable bid was received.'We are going to be making an announcement [on the Aquatics centre] within a matter of days,' said Nimmo, speaking at the Thames Gateway Forum.'We want to meet the market. It's in nobody's interest to have one bidder on a project.'The discussion on how to build Zaha Hadid and Arup's revised designs will follow the same format as the consultation on the Olympic Park utilities contract.For this all interested parties were invited to an 'industry day', followed by a series of smaller discussions between the ODA, consultants and contractors that wished to pursue the contract.'The utilities workshop did change our thinking in certain areas and we want to repeat that,' said Rob Knight, head of procurement and contracts for Olympic Delivery Partner CLM.'The construction industry is a busy industry, so early engagement is what we need to do,' added Knight, acknowledging that a low level of contractor enthusiasm for Olympic projects was a real risk.ODA construction materials leader Peter Bonfield added that the 'industry day' consultation process would be repeated on all major ODA contracts in future.Zaha Hadid won the competition to design the Aquatics centre last year, but a cost and design review forced by the Government last year led to a delay in appointing a contractor.Nimmo said the exact details of how a contractor would be procured would be decided after the ODA had consulted the industry.

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