14 December 2007 | Andy Allen
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has awarded the contract to supply ready-mixed concrete for the construction of London's Olympic Park to Aggregate Industries UK.
A spokeswoman for the ODA said it had wanted to have a single concrete supplier, rather than let construction contractors choose their own suppliers, to ensure "consistency and stability in price".
She said the Olympic Park was different to more traditional construction projects such as Wembley Stadium because of the large number of contractors working in one 246 hectare site.
Aggregate Industries will set up a concrete plant at the site in Lower Lea Valley, East London, to supply all construction contractors. "There are a lot of projects working to a strict deadline and we need consistency to ensure the delivery of concrete," she said.
For security reasons there are only two entrances to the site, making it difficult to accommodate the large numbers of lorries that would require access if individual contractors chose their own concrete suppliers.
"There is also an important green element here," the spokeswoman said. "It will mean there are fewer lorries on the roads and less disruption."