Italian arm is awarded 29-month contract in joint bid with Turin engineering and construction firm.
The Italian subsidiary of Bovis Lend Lease has won a contract to design and build temporary facilities for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

The 29-month contract includes the secondment of Bovis staff to the organising committee for the games and the supply of construction-related professional services.

Bovis won the contract as part of a joint bid with Recchi Ingegneria e Partecipazioni, a Turin engineering and construction firm with which Bovis signed a co-operation agreement in 2001.

The two firms have been jointly appointed as the official supplier of consulting and engineering services for temporary structures and facilities. Bovis staff will work with TOROC – the specially set-up, not-for-profit organising committee – on infrastructure, utilities and venues operations.

TOROC is responsible for arranging the sports events and managing the Olympic villages, and will oversee the media villages, press centre and television and radio broadcasting facilities.

Worldwide, Bovis has a great track record in the Olympics

Nicola Colella, manager, Bovis Italy

Bovis' work will involve briefing, specifying, cost planning, co-ordinating, designing and delivering temporary structures. Work to be carried out also includes providing stands for spectators at the competition sites, erecting tents and pagodas to house catering services and reception centres for athletes, volunteers and staff, and creating press centres at competition venues.

The contract is the latest that Bovis has won at a succession of Olympic Games. The firm played major roles in the summer games in Atlanta in 1996 and in Sydney four years later.

Nicola Colella, manager of the Bovis operation in Italy, said the firm had been working on the bid for three years. He said the opportunity was identified shortly after the launch of the Italian subsidiary in 2000.