Olympic Delivery Authority chief executive David Higgins launches strategy document and lays out commitment to best practice.

The Olympic Delivery Authority has launched its procurement strategy for London’s 2012 Olympics projects, with ODA chief executive David Higgins laying out the body’s commitment to construction best practice.

The strategy document, launched at a business summit in Leeds, is now open for public consultation until October.

The document emphasises that lowest-price bids will not be enough to secure work, and states that socio-economic and environmental factors will be considered in tender competitions. It also outlines a commitment to e-procurement to reduce costs where applicable.

ODA chief executive David Higgins said: “The ODA will need to procure and manage the delivery of goods and services in a way that enables it to deliver in a cost-effective way, to benefit from the innovation and creativity of its suppliers, and to help realise the aspirations and commitments set out in London's bid and Olympic vision.”

The Olympic delivery partner, due to be appointed by the ODA this summer, will be required to help transform the strategy into detailed operational procedures and codes that will govern procurement on a day-to-day basis.