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ODA’s procurement day sets the scene for contractors

Published:  26 November, 2009

LONDON: The Olympic Delivery Authority is anticipating a record number of bidders for a plant hire and builders' merchant facility contract following the high turnout to the ODA's Olympic Procurement Industry Day.

About 150 people from around 100 companies attended the event yesterday, led by ODA director of construction Howard Shiplee.

Speakers at the event included Dave Peacop, ODA head of logistics and Jon Wagstaff, the ODA's procurement manager.

The aim of the day was to explain the ODA's requirements for providers for plant hire and builders' merchant facilities on the Olympic Park.

The ODA emphasised that health and safety and competency training should be a priority for all of the companies who went forward to bid, and that bulk deliveries by rail or water were preferable options for managing the logistics.

Mr Shiplee said: "Our series of Industry Days have got an excellent track record for procuring the best business solution.

"One company will win the contract. That company will go on to become part of the London 2012 construction team, and become part of London's landscape. I look forward to reviewing all the bids and awarding this contract."

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