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Olympic sailing venue contractors shortlisted

Five contractors were today shortlisted to build the London 2012 sailing facilities at Weymouth and Portland.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) confirmed that Birse, Carillion, Dean & Dyball, Edmund Nuttall and Raymond Brown would thrash it out for the right to construct the key Games venue.

The work is essentially an upgrade of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, built in 2004 by Dean and Dyball (NCE 29 January 2004). It includes construction of a permanent 150m slipway, a race-boat parking area, race-boat lifting facilities and race-boat moorings to be sheltered by a wave protection structure.

ODA chief executive David Higgins said: “The announcement of such a high calibre construction shortlist is another key step towards ensuring Weymouth and Portland is one of the first venues ready for 2012. This contract is an opportunity to build world-class sailing facilities that will benefit elite athletes and the local community alike before, during and long after the Games.”

The contract is expected to be awarded later this year and with construction work due to start on site early and be completed by the end of 2008, Weymouth and Portland will be one of the first venues ready for the 2012 Games.

Dean & Reddyhoff, developers for the South West Regional Development Agency, will also start work later this month on a new 560-berth commercial marina at Osprey Quay of which 250 berths will be used during the 2012 Games.

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