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Power lines job due next week


ONE OF the first construction projects for the 2012 Olympics will be awarded next week, according to the London Development Agency (LDA).

'By the end of this month we will be able to announce the successful contractor for the tunnel contract for undergrounding the powerlines, ' said an LDA spokesman.

Placing power cables in a tunnel below East London will free up land for development.

The contractor is expected to start on site in November.

Designer is KBR.

Next week will also see the LDA and Transport for London officially announce shortlists for Olympic Park and infrastructure designers and program management.

NCE understands that Amec, Parsons Brinckerhoff and joint ventures Franklin & Andrews/ Capita Symonds/KBR, Mace/ Deloitte Touche and are among the contenders (News last week).

Shortlists for the Olympic Velopark designer, and for consultants for the remediation and demolition work, plus demolition and remediation contractors, will be announced next month.

The LDA and Transport for London are responsible for the early procurement of design and construction services for Olympic infrastructure, based on a timescale drawn up by Mace.

This responsibility will be transferred to the new Olympic Delivery Authority under the terms of the Olympic bill.

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