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Procurement plan modified for the Olympic smimming pool

Olympic bosses have modified the competitive dialogue procurement model to cut bid costs for the London 2012 Olympic pool.
The move is in response to concerns about the cost of using this procedure to select a delivery partner. Bidders for the pool will go through a two-stage competitive dialogue process, after Olympic bosses last week admitted that the single stage procurement of the delivery partner was costly and time consuming.A tender notice for construction of the Aquatics centre will be issued in the next two weeks.Up to six successful bidders will then be invited to negotiate the scope of the contract with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) on 5 March and the final award will be presented in December. 'One thing we are really conscious of is the cost to bidders,' said ODA head of procurement Morag Stuart, speaking at the NCE 'New Procurement Methods and Competitive Dialogue' conference last week.This decision follows an Industry Day held in London two weeks ago, in which the ODA asked contractors the best way take forward the existing aquatic centre design by architect Zaha Hadid and Arup.Contractors will be expected to complete the detailed design and construct the venue, which was originally priced at £75M but is expected to rise when the ODA budget is finally unveiled.The 20,000 capacity aquatic centre will have a 14,000m2 steel roof housing a 50m training pool, 50m competition pool and diving pool.Detailed design and construction will start in December with completion in 2011.

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