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Thursday, 27 September 2007

Builder Pulls Out

Eiffel, the French engineering group that built the tower in Paris, has pulled out of the tender process for the London 2012 Olympics after a dispute over how the constructor will be paid.

Eiffel was not invited to complete its application to build the £150M aquatics centre at the Stratford site by the Olympic Delivery Authority, as a result of the payments row.

The dispute arose over Eiffel's concerns about interference from the ODA and its delivery partner, CLM, and its lack of prior association with the venue's architect, Zaha Hadid.

Two other construction firms, Balfour Beatty and Hochtief, remain on the shortlist.

Multiplex, the Australian construction group that built the new Wembley Stadium, is not going to tender for any Olympics contracts after suffering enormous losses on the venue.

Rather un-reassuringly the organisers of the London Games say that they will learn from past mistakes made at Wembley.

So that's alright then!

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