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Subbies in race to win final batch of Olympic contracts

Subcontractors were gearing up for a rush of last-minute work on London 2012 as the Olympic Delivery Authority this week handed over running of the Olympic Park to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

At a ceremony on Monday to mark 200 days to the Games, Locog published a list of work yet to be done, much of which will be managed by ISG under a construction management deal.

At a ‘platinum suppliers’ meeting attended by around 20 subcontractors in November, ISG is understood to have discussed as much as £300 million of work still to be done, including packages for on and off-park work.

One subcontractor said: “There is still a surprising amount of work to be won on the Games - I don’t think many people realised quite how much ISG was in charge of.

“A lot of subbies will be hoping to secure a decent amount of work from them to get them through the first half of the year.”

In all, Locog will let £700m of work, much of which has already been awarded.

ISG’s overlay works include construction management services for the temporary facilities and services at venues.

The work encompasses temporary spectator seating, tents, cabins and platforms as well as utilities, fire safety, specialist sports lighting and drainage.

ISG will manage the preparation, delivery and removal of all temporary facilities and services at venues including the Olympic stadium, velodrome, aquatics centre and water polo arena, media centre, Olympic and Paralympic villages, basketball arena, hockey centre, handball arena and at Eton Manor for the wheelchair tennis.

According to a list published by Locog, works still to be completed include the fit-out of nine competition venues; sourcing a million pieces of sporting equipment; the construction of 100,000 sq ft of Games-time retail space; building 11 sponsor showcase areas, creating spectator areas with more than 1,000 picnic benches; 362 toilet blocks and 165 concessions; installing ticket box offices; information booths and programme sale points; 4,000 waste bins and the set-up of 273 temporary buildings.

At the ceremony at the aquatics centre on Monday, Locog chair Lord Coe said: “The handover of the Olympic Park sounds the starting pistol in the race to get the site and venues ready to host the two biggest sporting events on the planet.

“In just 200 days time, 200 countries - more than the membership of the United Nations - will be sending 15,000 athletes and 20,000 accredited media to London to create history. There is huge excitement ahead and we want the whole country to start planning their summer.”

Locog announced on Monday that Balfour Beatty had been awarded a £50m contract to run services and facilities at the park for the next 10 years.

Under the deal, the contractor will take on responsibility for a range of services including estates and facilities management, as well as operation of the ArcelorMittal Orbit.


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