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Raynsford urges contractors to meet Olympic standards

Former construction minister Nick Raynsford has urged contractors across the industry to strive to reach the standards of the 2012 Olympics build.

The £8 billion construction project to prepare for the London Games is on target for completion a year early, and has won wide recognition.

But a Constructing Excellence report last week found that the industry as a whole had a long way to go to fulfil the vision set out in the seminal Egan report. Less than half of 1,000 respondents to a Constructing Excellence poll said the projects they worked on finished to time, budget and exceeded expectations.

Speaking at a Parliamentary reception to mark the report’s launch, Mr Raynsford said the Olympics project was an “exemplar”.

He said: “The industry can be excellent on big jobs, but the challenge now is to do it throughout.”