The London 2012 bid team has ruled out appointing a framework of contractors and consultants – the method used at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 – to deliver the facilities for the 2012 Olympic Games
The build programme, which is being planned by the London Development Agency and construction manager Mace, will require venues in the Lea Valley, north-east London, to be procured individually through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).
In a statement, the agency and Mace said they would not be appointing a limited number of architects or contractors. Last year James Bulley, director of infrastructure for the bid, said that the team had been considering the T5-style idea.
The statement said: “The work will be procured through the OJEU process. The different types of design and construction (stadium, Olympic village, the media centre, park land etc) determine that different types of designers will be needed. Therefore a framework arrangement is not appropriate.”
Gary France, the Mace director heading the plans, added that some of the projects could be design-and-build. He said: “The majority of schemes will be procured with an OJEU process for both the architect and the contractor. However, where the procurement route is design-and-build, there might be just one tender.”
Star architect Zaha Hadid has already been appointed to design the aquatics centre using the OJEU process.
Different designs will be needed. A framework is not appropriate
London Development Agency statement
The bid team said that the tendering process would start at once if London is selected by the International Olympic Committee on 6 July. The tender for an architect for the Olympic stadium would be advertised in July, with appointment made early next year.
The team said an Olympic Development Authority (ODA) would be set up, subject to parliamentary approval, to deal with delivery issues. Until then, planning matters fall to the Joint Planning Authorities Team (JPAT), made up of the four councils in the Olympic area.
Mark Channon, the agency’s Olympic co-ordinator, said: “The plan is to continue with the JPAT until such time as the ODA is established. This body will be responsible for the delivery of all Olympic infrastructure.”