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Olympic Park project management scope questioned

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EFFORTS TO regenerate east London could suffer because the programme management contract for the Olympic Park is too limited, best practice body Constructing Excellence warned this week.

Chief executive Dennis Lenard said the contract should include the job of encouraging developers to start work on neighbouring sites rather than waiting until 2012. Opportunities could be missed to put some momentum behind the long term regeneration programme.

The London Development Agency is expected to award the Olympic Park programme management contract later this month.

Among those shortlisted are Amec, Franklin & Andrews/ Capita Symonds/KBR, Mace/ Deloitte Touche and Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Lenard fears the contract will be limited to delivering the park and associated infrastructure.

He said it should also include work to exploit the development potential of neighbouring sites.

'I think you'll end up with an expedient solution, ' he said.

Preparations are also under way to invite expressions of interest in a multi-disciplinary design package for the Olympic Stadium.

London 2012 infrastructure director James Bulley said a single package was preferable to smaller specialist packages because the scale of the stadium would make it difficult to manage inter-dependent designs.

The Construction Best Practice Programme is lobbying the Department of Trade & Industry to ensure its involvement in the procurement of the Games. It is seeking a seat on the board of the Olympic Delivery Authority.

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