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Parliamentary committee to investigate Olympic construction

A parliamentary committee has launched a wide-ranging inquiry into the UK construction industry, which will investigate the sector's capacity to deliver the 2012 London Olympics on time and on budget.

The in-depth investigation by the Trade and Industry Committee will look into a number of issues within the construction industry, not least major infrastructure projects such as the Games.

The committee will be asking for evidence from all areas of construction, including architects, to gauge the climate of the industry as well as highlight the major issues.

Among the topics the committee will be looking into is the industry's performance against other countries, as well as the sector's efforts towards sustainability.

The investigation is likely to highlight a number of concerns, with the Olympics topping the list, particularly in regards to sustainability.

RIBA president Jack Pringle was among the most vocal critics when the Olympics sustainability targets were announced (Pringle blasts ODA over 'limp' green targets), claiming the Olympic Delivery Authority had been 'lapped by it's own targets,' adding: 'they are no longer in the race.'

by Richard Vaughan

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