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ODA says 2012 Olympics will not be exclusively Design and Build

In an embarrassing U-turn, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has now confirmed that not all the London 2012 Olympic projects will be Design and Build contracts.

Alison Nimmo, the ODA's director of design and regeneration, said Design and Build will not be applied exclusively to the 2012 Olympic construction process, and revealed that design competitions will also be used.

In an announcement at the Thames Gateway Forum, Nimmo said: 'We do not have a one-size-fits-all approach to the Olympics developments.

'Although Design and Build has a general appeal, certainly for the bigger venues, we will be putting some projects out for design competitions, such as the velodrome, and we are well aware of the need for quality design.'

The news comes as an about turn following Richard Rogers' recent outburst over his concerns about the procurement process ( Rogers voices fears over Design and Build Olympics), and will come as a massive relief to all architects vying for a piece of the Games.

by Richard Vaughan

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