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11 August, 2006 - 08:54 By Staff Reporter

Kier in the running for Olympic Village contract

The Kier Group in Bedfordshire is on the path to Olympic glory after being named on the shortlist of consortia bidding to deliver major elements of the £4 billion Stratford City development for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.The winning bidder is expected to be announced within the next month with work on site scheduled to commence next year to give the group enough time to complete the Olympic Village in plenty of time for the Games.

The shortlist was drawn up following strong bidding through the OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) process for delivery of the entire Stratford City scheme outside of Zone 1 – the retail-led development to the south of Stratford International to be developed by the Westfield Group.

This includes the Athletes’ Village for the 2012 Games and the bulk of the scheme’s legacy housing, commercial and hotel development.

London & Continental Railways (LCR) and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced a shortlist of three candidates: Royal Bank of Scotland, leading a consortium including Kier, Bellway Homes and Gladedale; French firm Bouygues and Barratt Homes; and Lend Lease, East Thames Group, First Base and Crosby Homes.

Stephen Jordan, LCR managing director, said: “The creation of such a competitive shortlist demonstrates the high quality of the companies that responded. Cutting down from the long list was tough.

“However, after a thorough evaluation process, we believe that we have shortlisted three very credible candidates all of which bring a wealth of experience and resource to deliver this vital regeneration project and its important London 2012 Olympic Games phases.”

David Higgins, ODA chief executive, added: “We are working together with our partners at LCR and with SCDL (Stratford City Developments Ltd) to ensure we remain on schedule to deliver these vital Olympics facilities. Stratford City will be a power for positive change, bringing improved job opportunities, homes and making the most of the greatly improved transport links now under construction.”

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