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Olympic management tender reopened with wider remit

OLYMPIC DELIVERY Authority chief executive David Higgins has reopened the tender process for the programme management of London's Olympic Park project.

Six groups thought they were down to the final battle for the top job. But last month Higgins scrapped the competition and will seek new bids for a wider ranging contract.

The original contract was restricted to project managing design and construction work. But Higgins said the ODA wanted to appoint a 'programme/project manager' that could procure, appoint and manage designers and contractors.

'We decided we could either directly manage all the designers and the contractors or we could focus on preparing and reviewing the design briefs, appointing a programme/ project manager and managing the process, ' he said.

The UK's recent adoption of the new EU procurement directive, which allows for 'competitive dialogue' or negotiation with shortlisted bidders, has also encouraged the ODA to scrap the tender for the Velopark, even though bidders had been shortlisted. Higgins said the new programme/project manager would now procure the facility.

He said it made no sense to appoint an Olympic cycling venue designer when site investigations had yet to be done and the park's infrastructure designer had only just been named (see box).

The original shortlist was: Arup/ Gardiner & Theobald, Mace/Davis Langdon, EC Harris/Parsons Brinckerhoff, Capita Symonds/ KBR, Bovis Lend Lease and Amec.

Olympic park design team Consultants Arup and Atkins have joined the consortium chosen to design London's Olympic park and infrastructure, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) said last month.

They have joined the team behind the original masterplan, which was considered too small to handle the more detailed design project.

The original group included consultant Buro Happold plus architects Allies & Morrison, HOK Sport and Foreign Of' ce Architects.

The group is led by architect and masterplanner EDAW.

The ODA decided to add Atkins and Arup because the project needed more engineering input.

'It's no re'ection on Buro Happold, it was just a case of the more people working on this project, the better, ' it said.

The design contract for the park will require the team, led by EDAW principal Jason Prior, to develop the Olympic park masterplan and begin to design all the infrastructure elements, including utilities, waterways, drainage, landscape, roads and bridges.

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