There has been some speculation from the industry about the procurement process for the Olympic Stadium (NCE 19 October) and I would like to clarify a few points.
The Olympic Delivery Authority did not set out on the procurement process for the stadium with one bidder in mind. The procurement was advertised widely and launched via a major press conference, and a press notice that was distributed internationally.
Bidders for the delivery partner contract were made aware of their eligibility to submit applications to prequalify for the stadium contract.
Given the immovable deadline ahead of us and the timeframe for the project we decided that the only way forward was to recruit an integrated design and construct team from the outset. This decision was fully supported by our stakeholders.
The re-qualification applications that were received for the design and construct contract for the stadium were assessed against clear and objective criteria and the Team McAlpine submission was the only one that qualied. The decision to negotiate with Team McAlpine was fully supported by our delivery partner CLM.
Now that we are negotiating with Team McAlpine I am condent that we will conclude those negotiations successfully.
We will manage costs carefully and work with them to deliver a world class, well-designed venue that will help deliver a wonderful backdrop for the Games.
We will have contingency plans in place should negotiations not conclude successfully.
We are condent that we have made the right decision.
The project is a massive delivery challenge and timely, robust decision-making is crucial to its success.
David Higgins, chief executive, Olympic Delivery Authority, One Churchill Place, London E14 5LN.