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Olympic park lock-in for programme managers

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BIDDERS FOR the Olympic Park programme management contract will be expected to promise key personnel to the job for its duration, Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) chairman Jack Lemley said this week.

'We are not going to sit still for a bait and switch, where some of the management team disappear down the line. We want them available to us all the time, ' Lemley told NCE.

'Winning the job will depend on how successful each of the bidders is in corralling the right people into its team. And we are going to demand a specific commitment from the bidders that we will get to keep those people, ' he said.

Lemley set out the headline requirements expected of his ideal programme manager following the ODA's decision to abort the procurement process for the job last week (NCE last week).

'There was nothing wrong with the original shortlist. But I was not convinced that they had organised themselves to have a significant enough resource base, ' Lemley explained.

'We would have had difficulties down the line and it is not in anyone's interest to jettison our partner half way through the project and reorganise.' The ideal programme manager, he said, will be a single company or consortium 'that is led by very, very experienced people in major positions in the organisation.

'They will have the ability to address a wide range of technical aspects from environment to communications, as well as the techniques for the overall project to operate efficiently.

'We are looking for a very broad based, resource rich organisation that we can scale up or down depending on the issues that arise, ' Lemley said.

he programme manager should be able to project cost manage, he added. But the costs will be run by the ODA. 'I am not going to simply contract away the responsibility for delivering the programme at budget.' A full interview with Jack Lemley will appear in an NCE Olympic supplement next month.

The ODA has received over 700 applications to join its board. Appointments are due in April.

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