The Olympic Delivery Authority has announced it will enter negotiations with the company responsible for the new Arsenal Stadium with a view to appointing them to design and construct the Stadium for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
The Team McAlpine Consortium is led by building contractors Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd and includes renowned sports and design architecture team HOK Sport, and international engineering teams Buro Happold and M-E Engineering Inc.
The ODA received a number of national and international applications to prequalify. However, in compliance with the Public Contracts Regulations, the ODA is starting negotiations with Team McAlpine as their submission was the only one that met all the ODA’s prequalification criteria.
In parallel with commercial negotiations, design proposals for the Stadium will be developed by Team McAlpine and will be unveiled in the New Year.
David Higgins, chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority, said: ‘We are entering negotiations with a world class consortium in Team McAlpine and I am confident they will conclude successfully in the New Year. The Olympic Stadium will be the centerpiece of the Olympic Park and we will deliver an outstanding venue for the Games with a post-Games legacy of which the UK can be truly proud.
‘As you would expect, we have robust contingency plans in place should negotiations with Team McAlpine not conclude.
‘We will also be putting in place appropriate cost controls to ensure that budgets are managed properly and that value for money is achieved.’