19 May 2006 | Rebecca Ellinor
Four organisations have made it on the shortlist to become the Olympic Delivery Authority's (ODA) delivery partner for the London 2012 games.
Bechtel; CLM, which is made up of CH2M Hill International, Laing O'Rourke and Mace; G3, an alliance of AMEC, Balfour Beatty and Jacobs; and Legacy, a consortium of Bovis Lend Lease, Capita Symonds and Kellogg Brown & Root.
The ODA is charged with creating the infrastructure for the games and is choosing a partner to do so. More than 60 companies expressed interest, and the ODA yesterday announced the four that will go through to the next stage.
David Higgins, ODA chief executive, said in a statement: "This is a first-class shortlist from a very strong field. We will continue the rigorous scrutiny of applications as we now move to the next stage. I am confident that the competitive dialogue procurement process will help ensure we make the right appointment for this critical role."
Competitive dialogue, a new provision in the EC procurement directives which were introduced into UK law on 31 January this year, allows the ODA to enter into more detailed discussions at the shortlisting stage. The final appointment will be made in the summer.
As reported by supplymanagement.com earlier this week, key members of the procurement team charged with selecting the delivery partner for the games were moved to a "secure" location to remove the risk of external influences affecting their decision making process.