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ODA slams lowest-price bids but promises to 'sharpen' architects

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The Olympic Delivery Authority has insisted that lowest-price bids alone will not win work in the imminent construction boom and that it wants to encourage 'realistic' whole-life bids from the industry.

Launching its procurement strategy for London's 2012 Games at a business summit in Leeds today, the quango has set out the ODA's commitment to best practice construction and partnering with the industry to deliver Olympic venues.

In addition, the document also calls for 'socio-economic and environmental factors' to play a major part when submissions are being judged.

But the strategy also makes clear that the ODA will use 'sharpened' negotiating skills to extract 'maximum value' from designers and contractors. It will also use e-procurement to cut costs where possible.

ODA chief executive David Higgins (pictured on the right with chairman Jack Lemley) said: 'We face the challenge of delivering the new venues and infrastructure in a sustainable way for the Games and the Legacy on time and to agreed budget.

'To do this, it will need to procure and manage the delivery of goods and services in a way that enables it to deliver in a cost effective way and to benefit from the innovation and creativity of its suppliers.'

The authority has put the strategy out to consultation until 2 October, and will publish a revised version towards the end of the year.

by Ed Dorrell

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