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Industry gets set for Olympian task

Hundreds of bids submitted already as contractors, designers and site workers anticipate years more work to take up the slack as ma ajor projects like T5 come to an end

MORE than 200 contractors and designers have already entered the race to win Olympic work by submitting bids for the first raft of schemes currently out to tender.

Leaders of the London Development Agency are temporarily overseeing the initial flow of work while the two main organising bodies - the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and the Olympic Delivery Agency - are established.

LDA spokeswoman Judith Moore said: 'We've already got contractors queuing up ready to start work and over 200 leading companies have submitted formal expressions of interest.'

The contractors are chasing already -announced design work for the Olympic Park and Velopark.Calls have also gone out for programme managers, demolition and remediation contractors and designers for demolition and remediation work.

Successful firms in the initial contract races are due to be announced by the end of next month.

Ms Moore said: 'We will take forward the work that cannot wait for the creation of the Olympic Delivery Agency.

'That work will include the tendering process for contractors, the remediation of some of the former industrial land and the remaining land acquisition that will be necessary to stage the games.'

The ODA will be set up under an Olympic Bill announced in the last Queen's Speech and will become the main contact point for contractors chasing Olympic projects.

The Bill was due to receive its first reading today (Thursday) and a second reading next week ahead of Parliament's summer recess.

No date has been set for the ODA to be up and running but sources close to the bid believe it will take at least a year.

Construction leaders were delighted with London's victory, which will provide a multibillion pound boost for the industry.

Firms are promising to build the Olympics infrastructure on time and on budget.

Mace has been involved with developing the bid, providing project management consultancy to the London Development Agency.

Chief executive Stephen Pycroft said: 'Over the past months London has shown it can deliver the infrastructure, facilities, funding and support needed for a world event of this type.

'The construction sector must now take up the baton and provide the sort of world-class services needed to make it all happen.

'The next seven years are going to be an exciting time in the construction industry.'

Site workers are also looking forward to another seven years of guaranteed work in the capital.

One steel erector said: 'Some of the bigger jobs like T5 and Wembley were coming to an end and some of the lads were talking about going off to Liverpool to chase the work there.

'But now London has won the Olympics, there will be work everywhere and we'll stay in the capital.'

The planned Olympic Park

THE 2012 games will be held at 33 venues across London and the UK. Construction work to date is only complete at 18 sites.The Olympic Park in London will be the centrepiece of the Games and will contain a number of major new venues:

1.Main Olympic stadium

Invitation to tender this month

Start on site: July 2008

Completion: Feb 2011

Cost: £250 million

2.Aquatics centre

Invitation to tender imminent

Start on site: end of 2005

Completion: end of 2008

Cost: £70 million

3.Velodrome & BMX arena

Design and build invitation to tender October

Start on site: July 2007

Completion: Dec 2008

Cost: £37 million

4.Hockey arena

Invitation to tender October 2006

Start on site: Feb 2010

Completion: Feb 2011

Cost: £17 million

5.Athletes' village

Invitation to tender April 2007

Start on site and completion: TBC

Cost: £650 million

6.Basketball

Start on site: Feb 2010

Completion: April 2012

Cost: £28 million

6.Fencing

Start on site: Nov 2011

Completion: April 2012

Cost: £20 million

6.Handball

Start on site: Jan 2008

Completion: July 2011

Cost: £25 million