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Games role race hots up

BIDDERS for the role of delivery partner for the 2012 Olympics start a marathon schedule of meetings and interviews next week to pitch for the role.

The Olympic Delivery Authority sent out schedules to the four teams last week and they will begin commercial meetings with the client next Wedne sd ay.

The rivals ? Laing O'Rourke/ Mace, Bechtel, Amec/Balfour Beatty and a team led by Bovis Lend Lease ? have a packed time able of meetings until June 30.

The ODA wants to choose a preferred partner to be approved by ministers before July 25 when Parliament goes into recess. The ODA will make a final appointment in September.

A senior source at one contender said: 'At the moment we have 30 people working on this bid to prepare for the competitive dialogue.'