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Laing O'Rourke's golden touch


THE LAST page of the glossy brochure produced by the London 2012 Olympic bid team to win over a doubting public features not double Olympic champions Sebastian Coe or Kelly Holmes but the logo of Laing O'Rourke.

If you can wade through the 58 pages of golden smiles and CGI schmaltz to the list of corporate sponsors, you'll find the firm has made it into the second tier of the bid's supporters, a select group of only 10 companies.

Most of the sponsors are giving in kind and in Laing O'Rourke's case this means advising on the construction programme free of charge. The man at Laing charged with this task is David Henderson, who has been working with the 2012 team for the last six months.

Asked how long he'll stay on the bid, Mr Henderson said: 'That's currently under discussion. There's no set timetable but we're there to make sure that London wins.'

He added: 'It will be good for the whole industry. Neither Laing O'Rourke nor any other company can do all that work single-handed.'

Mr Henderson said that much of the work required for the Olympics will go ahead even if the bid fails:

'The Olympics will change the date when the works will be completed. The regeneration of the Lower Lea Valley will happen anyway, but without the Olympics would be more open ended and over a much longer period.'