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Olympics body ups threshold on OJ jobs


THE OLYMPIC Delivery Authority is double-checking its tendering policy after telling a local contractor that all jobs will go through the Official Journal.

Neil Cooper, business development manager at North London builder Eugena, was told all work over £144,371 would go through the Official Journal, according to European rules.

But the ODA has confirmed it made a mistake and the threshold for construction contracts should be around £3.6 million.

Mr Cooper said: 'It's good news that the limit isn't as low as I was originally told. We're close to the Olympic area and have the capacity to be getting on with work now, but the OJEU always takes too long for work to come th rough.

'I fear that with the amount of consultants and paperwork involved, the work will still take a long time to come through.

We will sit around twiddling our thumbs then there will be a mad rush, with new people needing to be trained.'