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Olympic HVAC contractors eye post-Games projects

Subcontractors already working on the Olympic site have a good chance of winning work on the ambitious programme to transform it into legacy use, according to a key figure.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company this month published plans for the transformation of the Olympic Park - including up to 11,000 new homes and several related community facilities.

OPLC executive director of real estate Duncan Innes said firms with experience working on the East London site were well placed to win post-2012 work.

“They know the form, and they can price jobs because they know the local materials and labour markets,” said Mr Innes.

Talks will begin with contractors and developers imminently over the plans, Mr Innes added.

He said: “Between now and Christmas, we will be talking to developers and contractors. As part of soft market testing, we will be holding a number of informal workshops.”

Mr Innes said the post-Games plans are split into seven development zones but that OPLC was yet to decide how to package the work.

“We could chunk them into 150-unit parcels, or we could find a development partner for a whole zone of 900 units,” he said.

Such a development partner model would be likely to follow the Athletes’ Village scheme, where Bovis Lend Lease is building a number of the blocks itself and managing contractors to build the others.

OPLC chief executive Andrew Altman said it was hoped that the first phase of the legacy development would be on site by early 2014. He added that it was hoped developers would be in place and “putting their teams together” before the 2012 Games.


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