CLM and ODA start to integrate teams after 10-day standstill period

Olympic delivery partner winning consortium CLM finally entered into the delivery partner contract with the Olympic Delivery Authority last week.

This follows the 10-day Alcatel standstill period after the announcement of the CLM consortium – made up of CH2M HILL, Laing O’Rourke and Mace – as preferred bidder at the end of August.

ODA chief executive David Higgins said the authority would now work closely with CLM. He said: “We will now work with CLM to integrate our teams, draw up task lists and set key performance indicators.”

CLM chief executive Ron Brooks said the success of the Olympics depended on good planning decisions. He said: “Sound planning and timely decision making will continue to be the hallmarks of this project as we move to the next phase of infrastructure and venue design.”

The Olympic Delivery Partner contract is now estimated to be worth £200m, twice the figure suggested when it was awarded to the CLM consortium in August.

Salaries alone should cost at least £82m at 2006 prices on the assumption that there are 250 people working at the delivery partner at any one time.

A final valuation is likely to be made after 90 days, once the consortium has decided the payment structure and the construction programme.