Public projects should adopt Olympic procurement approach

6 July 2012

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6 July 2012 | Adam Leach

Procurement for projects over £10 million should be carried out under the principles used during the construction of the Olympic Park, according to the Olympic Delivery Authority chairman Sir John Armitt.

A report authored by Sir John, London 2012 – a global showcase for UK plc, recommended the government recognise the benefits of a “balanced scorecard” approach. He also called on the government to include criteria such as sustainability, health and safety alongside time and cost throughout the procurement process.

The government’s response, published at the same time, pledged to use the experiences of the ODA approach to benefit the wider public sector. It said: “Government will be seeking to apply ODA best practice to other major public sector projects where possible, and is working with the ODA to develop and share key principles that have underpinned their success, making them available to departments undertaking major projects.”

Armitt also recommended CompeteFor, the online contract marketplace developed for the games, should be retained for use in future public sector projects. The government said that elements of the tool had already been adopted into its own tool ContractsFinder.

But the government said it would promote CompeteFor “where appropriate”, and revealed the GLA Group’s responsible procurement team are currently working on developing a business model to sustain it.

The report also made a series of recommendations designed to help suppliers capitalise on their work on London 2012. It called for the government to “take urgent action” to remove marketing restrictions that currently apply to London 2012 suppliers. The government said it would work with the British Olympic Association and the International Olympic Committee ( to ensure contractors and sub-contractors could seek recognition for their work on the games.

Another recommendation on this theme was for UK Trade & Investment to work with contractors to enable them to pursue international opportunities to further capitalise on the brand and business benefits of working on the Olympics.


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