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Olympics programme presented to government

Olympic Delivery Authority chief executive David Higgins, this week said the programme and budget for the London 2012 Olympic Park had now been agreed and 'signed off' by its delivery partner CLM.
Higgins said that CLM had spent the last six months reworking the project and finalised a new Games' programme plan on 3 February. This plan was presented to culture secretary Tessa Jowell by CLM chief operating officer Bob Card this week.'The whole scheme and programme has be redesigned and reworked,' said Higgins. 'The budget has been signed off by CLM and the corporate plan is going to be resolved. We are way ahead of other cities that have hosted the Games in the past.' In an interview with NCE, Higgins also said he had no plans to alter the scope of the role carried out by CLM and was adamant that it would be paid 'nowhere near' the £400M discussed by MPs at a recent Comons select committee.But he defended the figures quoted by Jowell and pointed out that once CLM had paid its suppliers and subconsultants it was likely that fees in that order would be paid.MPs on the Commons Culture Media & Sport select committee have complained that the role of CLM remains unclear, Higgins said he was firmly committed the decision last year to tear up the brief for a project manager and appoint a delivery partner. 'It is absolutely right that we need the flexibility of a private sector partner - we need their resource base and someone that can provide consistent staff,' he said. 'We still have to remain an intelligent client - we need to manage the risks - but our delivery partner will provide most of the people.'A full interview with David Higgins will appear in next week's NCE along with a special feature on the London 2012 Olympic preparations. NCE is also hosting a conference The Games Briefing on March 7 at the Olympia Conference Centre, London entitled 'Identifying opportunities and procurement processes for 2012 construction'Contact: Tel: 0845 056 8069Email:

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