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WE TRIED TO GET THE RIGHT BALANCE OF RISK SHARING





BETWEEN THE CLIENT AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN.


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n the walls of Sir John Armitt’s offi ce at the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) in Canary Wharf is a series of aerial photographs showing the development


of the London 2012 Olympic Park in East London. Today he is playing out the fi nal throws of the ODA’s decade long lifespan to create the all-important Olympic Games legacy. This means converting the Athlete’s Village into quality residential quarters for the expanding capital whilst the London Legacy Development Corporation reshape the venues into a vibrant Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.


He is also working hard through his roles on the Transport for London Board, as one of Sir Howard Davies Airport Commissioners and as an advisor


to the Labour Party to bring the lessons of the Olympics to bear on future infrastructure delivery plans for the UK.


“The lessons we learnt need to be very seriously taken forward as options whenever anyone is considering further major projects,” he says highlighting that while starting with a realistic budget and hard fi nish date certainly helped the project, managing risk was key.


“We tried to get the right balance of risk sharing between the client and the supply chain,” he adds, pointing out that people working on the project across the supply chain described the collaboration that followed as key to success. “I don’t agree that just simply heaving all the risk over the fence to the supply chain is necessarily


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going to give you the best outcome.”Certainly the scale of what was achieved between July 1995 when the Games were awarded to London and July 2012 when it spectacularly opened cannot be underestimated.


But Armitt is clear that the single most important factor in the success of this and future national infrastructure projects is getting the right government policy established early and agreed.


It is a point emphasised by his recent review of long term infrastructure planning in the UK carried out for the Labour party, and his continued work to create a draft White Paper and Bill in preparation for potential legislation to be adopted should Labour win the next election.





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