JACOBS has joined Amec and Balfour Beatty's team to bid for the role of programme manager at London's Olympic Park in Stratford for the 2012 Games.
The new alliance has been named G3 ? the Great Games Grouping. The 'delivery partner' management role will be let by the Olympic Delivery Authority this summer and will see a host of major firms team up in consortia to bid for work at the £2.3 billion development in east London.
Taylor Woodrow has lined up with EC Harris, Parsons Brinkerhoff, and consultant Sinclair Knight Merz.
Kellogg Brown and Root is in a joint venture with Capita Symonds, Bovis Lend Lease and Franklin and Andrews.
Laing O'Rourke has teamed up with Mace, Davis Langdon and American company CH2M Hill.
Bechtel is the only company believed to be bidding for the work alone, which will include responsibility for the management of the design and delivery of the Olympic infrastructure, the logistics for competitors and spectators and the subsequent conversion of the facilities to create a lasting legacy for London and the UK.
Expressions of interest are due in by April 25 and the ODA has received 81 responses for the contract from consortia of contractors and consultants.
A spokeswoman for the ODA said: 'We have so many expressions of interest that it will take a while to sift through all of them.
We are looking to shortlist a maximum of 10 and we are hoping to award the contract at the end of the summer.' Amec and Balfour Beatty have worked together on the Jubilee Line Extension and Sir Peter Mason, chief executive of Amec said: 'Only G3 has the resources in the UK and the expertise gained around the world to make this happen.' Jacobs' announcement came as members of the ODA visited the park to see shafts reach a depth of 30 m ready for tunnelling to start for underground power lines.