10 July 2006 | Paul Snell
The government has finalised a set of procurement commitments covering construction for the London 2012 Olympics.
Drawn up by the Strategic Forum for Construction's 2012 Task Group, the agreements cover the standards expected of the construction industry and the government in areas including procurement, client leadership, design, sustainability, commitment to people and health and safety.
They are available at www.strategicforum.org.uk
Signatories must agree decisions will be transparent and made on best value rather than lowest cost; ensure contracts include fair payment practices of no more than 30 days; and check that supply chain partners demonstrate competency and a commitment to innovation, sustainability and transparency.
Tessa Jowell, secretary of state for culture, media and sport, said in a statement: "The document is unique in terms of the scope of the partnership and collaborative working between industry and government. The commitments reinforce and underpin the Olympic Delivery Authority's (ODA) procurement policies."
Meanwhile, the ODA has announced the five law firms that will make up its legal panel for the games. Berwin Leighton Paisner, Clifford Chance, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Pinsent Masons will provide the ODA with advice on areas including procurement and contract negotiation.