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20 July 2006

PLASA to support members in winning contracts for London2012

The Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA) was one of the main bodies representing the architectural, creative and live events sectors at the recent Olympics Business Summit, held in Leeds on Wednesday 19 July.

During the course of the Summit, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) - the body responsible for delivering the new venues and infrastructure for the Games, launched a draft version of its Procurement Policy - which outlines how it will manage the whole procurement process, including its selection and award criteria.

With the UK Government spending £3bn on the physical infrastructure for the Games, PLASA is keen to profile the creative and technical expertise of its membership and is preparing a guidance note for members to help them maximise their chances of winning key contracts. It will also be working with them to ensure they are fully aware of the procurement criteria.

The businesses most likely to win contracts for London2012 will be those that can demonstrate that the projects they deliver will have social, environmental and economic benefits which reach far beyond the Olympics themselves. The selection process will include a fairly robust financial appraisal of candidates and 'value for money' will be a key criteria. Understandably, the procurement process will also place strong emphasis on health and safety management and will be looking for companies who integrate H&S considerations into every planning, design and construction project. Other key factors will be a commitment to ensuring a competent workforce, together with equality of opportunity and diversity.

Outline planning permission has now been secured to build the Olympic Park and venues, with the main locations specified in the associated Master Plan. An Olympics Design Review Panel (run by CABE, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and the AUU, the Architecture and Urbanism Unit) is responsible for reviewing the Master Plan whilst the Strategic Forum for Construction, working on behalf of the construction industry, is encouraging and promoting the highest standards through its 'Construction Commitments: Olympics 2012'.

The ODA is now developing all the support documentation to facilitate the procurement procedure and is due to announce the appointment of its Delivery Partner later this summer. A crucial part of the Delivery Partner's remit will be to help develop the detailed operational procedures and codes that will govern procurement activity.

PLASA will be one of the main trade bodies tracking the procurement process and will work closely with the ODA to provide its members with information about forthcoming contracting and sub-contracting opportunities. PLASA CEO Matthew Griffiths commented: "PLASA is pleased to be involved in the Olympic Summits. London2012 will be a major showcase for the talents of all of our members whose knowledge and expertise will help deliver a world-class Olympic event. We intend to do all we can to support them in winning business and will be developing further initiatives as the project progresses."

Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.

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