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ODA selects Balfour Beatty for Aquatic Centre and seeks builder for Handball Arena

08 April 2008

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has appointed Balfour Beatty to build the flagship London 2012 Aquatics Centre and the connected major land-bridge that will be the main gateway to the Olympic Park. Constructors are now sought for the Handball arena.

The Aquatic Centre contract has a combined total budget of £303m. The budget for the Aquatics Centre is £242m and the budget for the land-bridge that will also form part of the roof of the venue is £61m.

Located in the south of the Olympic Park the Aquatics Centre will be the main 'Gateway into the Games', hosting swimming, diving, synchronised swimming, Water Polo finals and the swimming element of the Modern Pentathlon during the Olympic Games. For the Paralympic Games it will host the swimming events.

Commenting today Ian Tyler, Balfour Beatty Chief Executive, said: "We are delighted to have reached agreement to proceed with the construction of the London 2012 Olympics Aquatic Centre, which will be at the gateway to the Olympic site and an important legacy for London. The project represents a unique challenge which will call on a wide range of Balfour Beatty's skills in programme and project management, civil engineering, building, electrical and mechanical and other services. We look forward to delivering this iconic facility and to continuing our long-term work in creating a better London."

The Aquatics Centre will have a capacity of 17,500 during the Games, reducing to 2,500 in legacy with the ability to increase this for major events, and provide two 50m swimming pools and a diving pool, facilities that London does not have at present. Work is on track to start by the Beijing Games and be complete in

The construction of the Aquatics Centre and the land-bridge will employ a number of the Balfour Beatty Group's key skills. Balfour Beatty Management, Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering, Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, Balfour Beatty Construction and the group's mechanical and electrical contractor Haden Young
will all be involved in the project.

The ODA has issued a contract notice for the construction of the Handball Arena for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The works comprise the design-and-build of a multi-use sports venue, including the substructures, superstructure, envelope and cladding, building services, and internal finishes elements of the works. The scope of this contract may also include some external landscaping works, and / or temporary works required for the provision of Games-mode events.

For further information refer to the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire and the Handball Arena 'Explanatory Document' via the eTendering website.Interested bidders may only express interest via the eTendering website. The deadline for expressions of interest and completed PQQ submissions is 12pm BST on 5 June 2008 via the eTendering website.

Those successful in qualification will be invited to tender.

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