Olympic guidelines place sustainability centre stage

21 September 2005
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22 September 2005 | Rebecca Ellinor

The draft procurement principles for delivering the London 2012 games have emphasised the importance of sustainability.

The document published by the interim Olympic Delivery Authority describes procurement as at the "heart" of a successful event and beyond, and highlights sustainability. It says it must "embed sustainability into all streams of procurement activity from design development to final delivery".

The document outlines four main areas procurement will be involved in as part of the project: people, the Olympic park, other venues and legacy - what happens once the event is over, particularly to infrastructure put in place specifically for the games.

It says that as well as ensuring the games leave a long-term legacy of physical, social, sporting, environmental and economic achievement, "there will be no 'white elephants', the games will be delivered to programme and to budget, providing long-term benefits and value for money".

The principles mention collaborative working, the legal framework, the importance of external expertise, design excellence, project management, transparency, risk management and contract strategies. They also cover e-procurement, which the document says will not be at the expense of "individual or groups of suppliers who may not be able to engage through electronic means".

The principles form the basis of a strategy that should be drawn up in the next two months and that will include design quality, maximising local benefits, green procurement and regeneration.

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