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2012 Olympic Bid

Joined: 26 Nov 2005, 01:46

28 May 2006, 16:39 #1

2 companies with links to the Underground have bid for the project manager contract for the 2012 London Olympics:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0, ... 75,00.html
Amec and Balfour Beatty team up for Olympic gold
Tracey Boles
AMEC has teamed up with Balfour Beatty to form an all-British consortium to bid for the prestigious project manager role for the 2012 London Olympics. The role is to oversee the design, construction and maintenance of the multi-billion-pound Olympic village and venues.

The two British infrastructure firms, which previously worked together on London Underground’s Jubilee line, agreed to join forces last week as the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) issued a new tender for the role of “delivery partner” on the Olympics.

Ian Thomas, Amec business-development director, said: “Amec and Balfour Beatty are joining up to develop a strong British consortium with access to resources and delivery facilities from across the whole of the UK.” The ODA is the government body charged with building the key venues, facilities and infrastructure for the 2012 Games. As well as the Olympic village, there are plans for the main stadium, swimming pools, a hockey pitch, gym and velodrome, all at Stratford in east London. The resulting Olympic Park will be seven minutes by train from central London.

The project-manager role has been greatly expanded from providing the infrastructure, as was originally envisaged. It will now cover many more stages in the life of the Olympic sites, from early planning to their transformation after the Games have finished.

ODA chairman Jack Lemley, appointed last November, scrapped the original short list already drawn up for the job, which included Amec, KBR, Mace, Lend Lease, Arup and Parsons Brinckerhoff.

The ODA said: “The complexity of the task has been redefined. It is no reflection on the original applicants.”

While the bulk of the work will be at Stratford, other sites will also come under the auspices of the project manager. They include a shooting range in Surrey, a yachting facility, and several training camps dotted around the country.

The tender stipulates that only firms with an annual turnover of £100m or more may apply. The ODA wants its project manager to have sufficient resources to pitch in should any of the projects run into difficulty. Expressions of interest for the new role, which can come from consortiums or single companies, must be in by March 28, followed by bids on April 25. The contract begins this July.

Amec said it would bring its programme-management expertise to the new consortium with Balfour, which will be run as a special-purpose vehicle. Amec is project manager on the final fit-out of Heathrow’s Terminal Five.

Balfour Beatty’s Tim Sharp said: “We have comprehensive infrastructure capabilities. We and Amec are sensible partners to look at this important challenge. Our experience dovetails with Amec’s.”

The firms are already paired on the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) to rebuild University College Hospital.
�To those who are afraid of the truth, I wish to offer a few scary truths; and to those who are not afraid of the truth, I wish to offer proof that the terrorism of truth is the only one that can be of benefit to the proletariat.� -- On Terrorism and the State, Gianfranco Sanguinetti

Joined: 26 Nov 2005, 01:46

09 Oct 2006, 00:38 #2

There's a lot of money to be made out of terrorism ....
Bomb detector plan for Games

Jamie Doward, home affairs editor
Sunday October 8, 2006
The Observer

Explosives detectors may have to be fitted at many of London's sports venues, in Underground trains and in bus depots to minimise the terrorist threat when the capital hosts the Olympics in 2012, according to the Games' chief security adviser.

The plan is likely to cost hundreds of millions of pounds, but Peter Ryan, who was head of security at the Sydney Olympics and was a chief adviser to the Athens Games, said the changing nature of terrorism means the capital will have to look at new ways of minimising risks to the public.

'What we've seen is the rise of the lone bomber, the suicide bomber, the willingness of someone to sacrifice themselves,' said Ryan, who will tomorrow tell the Intelligent Transport Systems Conference in London that it is important to start testing technology that could screen hundreds of people per minute.

Such devices are already used in airports and high-risk facilities such as prisons, courtrooms and embassies. BAA, the company that runs many of Britain's airports, has also tested a new air sampling system that can detect the presence of explosives at Heathrow.

But Sandra Bell, the director of homeland security at the Royal United Services Institute think-tank, said that she was sceptical about claims that the new technology would not cause big delays, and said that, with each explosives detector costing about £1.5m, installing devices across London could prove too expensive.
�To those who are afraid of the truth, I wish to offer a few scary truths; and to those who are not afraid of the truth, I wish to offer proof that the terrorism of truth is the only one that can be of benefit to the proletariat.� -- On Terrorism and the State, Gianfranco Sanguinetti

Joined: 07 May 2006, 23:31

09 Oct 2006, 07:54 #3

Any idea what the Olympic Games will cost excluding security ? ;)

I wonder what costs more, the event, or the security surrounding it....

Joined: 26 Nov 2005, 01:46

29 Sep 2008, 09:05 #4

UK will pay 'whatever it takes' to protect the Olympics
29/09/2008 12:00:00 AM

The London Olympic Games budget will break through the 10 billion ($A22 billion) barrier, largely because officials have ''vastly underestimated'' the cost of protecting the event from terrorists, The Independent on Sunday has revealed.

Security costs for the 2012 Games were now likely to reach $A3.3 billion nearly three times the original estimate, a senior official involved in planning the event said.

The army was to be drafted to help protect athletes and spectators from an atrocity, the official revealed. Military helicopters would patrol overhead and jets would be on standby to intercept any suspect private plane heading for the main Olympic stadium in east London. Under Treasury rules, the Ministry of Defence would charge the Olympic authorities for such a deployment.

The security operation is expected to be the largest in peacetime Britain, with the two-week event classed in Whitehall as a major terrorist target. Yet detailed planning for policing and security has barely started.

Insiders said a price could not be put on preventing a large-scale terrorist attack on the main Olympic site or in London's parks, where thousands will watch the events on giant TV screens.

The London bombings of July 7, 2005, took place the day after the capital celebrated winning the 2012 bid.

''It will cost whatever it takes to ensure terrorism does not once again try to rob London of celebrating the 2012 Games,'' a source said.

The insider said security planning was ''basically starting from scratch. There are no detailed plans yet but of course it will cost far more, around 1.5 billion [$A3.3billion].''

Balancing security concerns with ensuring spectators can enjoy a friendly and open atmosphere in contrast to Beijing's rigid controls is proving to be the greatest headache for organisers, alongside transport.

Officials want the experience of 2012 to be open and shared by all Londoners, with street parties similar to those in Sydney at the turn of the millennium. Giant video screens will be placed in Hyde Park and at other sites where events will take place.

In addition to police officers from Scotland Yard and other forces, tens of thousands of volunteers will be needed to check bags and tickets. Unmanned military planes, as used to monitor the Taliban in Afghanistan, could be deployed to monitor suspected terrorist aircraft.

The transport network is likely to carry 240,000 passengers an hour during the Games. Extra officers will be needed to identify suspected bombers, and stadiums will be built with special blast-proof material, including shatter-proof glass.

Officials from the Cabinet Office and the Home Office have been meeting regularly to discuss the operation.

If organisers are to keep to budget promises, cuts will have to be made elsewhere, such as in the construction of stadiums and the Olympic village to house 17,000 athletes, and in the funding of the 2012 ''legacy'', intended to promote sport in the community. Independent

�To those who are afraid of the truth, I wish to offer a few scary truths; and to those who are not afraid of the truth, I wish to offer proof that the terrorism of truth is the only one that can be of benefit to the proletariat.� -- On Terrorism and the State, Gianfranco Sanguinetti

Joined: 26 Nov 2005, 01:46

27 Oct 2008, 00:16 #5

From The Times
October 27, 2008
Police are warned of Ramadan tensions during Games
Richard Kerbaj and Ruth Gledhill

Specialist advice is being given to Scotland Yard on how to reduce tensions between police and Muslims during the London Olympics because of growing concerns about the Games clashing with the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast during the day, The Times has learnt.

Experts will also warn the Metropolitan Police to ensure that the planned commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the massacre of Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Games does not offend local and travelling Muslims.

The recommendations have been made by inter-faith advisers to Scotland Yard, where antiterrorism police are preparing to combat any possible Islamic terrorist threat to the Games.

Community tensions in the lead-up to the games have already been raised by a controversial Muslim movement, Tablighi Jamaat, which plans to build Britain’s largest mosque and Islamic complex near the 2012 Olympic stadium site.

Michael Mumisa, an Islamic scholar, and one of four experts hired by Scotland Yard who began training the police this week on inter-faith issues, said that the commemoration of the 11 Israeli athletes, killed by Palestinian militants from the Black September Organisation at the 1972 Munich Games, could become a national security threat if it was not managed properly and was perceived by Muslims to be “hijacking” the Games.

Edward Kessler, executive director of the Woolfe Institute, which deals with inter-faith dialogue, teaching and research, said that police needed to have a “minimum level of faith literacy” to help them deal with religious issues during the London Games. Dr Kessler said: “During Ramadan you’re going to have a lot of tired, hungry, less evenly tempered people because they haven’t eaten for 18 hours.”
�To those who are afraid of the truth, I wish to offer a few scary truths; and to those who are not afraid of the truth, I wish to offer proof that the terrorism of truth is the only one that can be of benefit to the proletariat.� -- On Terrorism and the State, Gianfranco Sanguinetti

Joined: 26 Nov 2005, 01:46

31 Jan 2009, 13:05 #6

Olympic security being hampered by bureaucrats, Army chief says

The future head of the Army has said "bureaucratic rivalries" between Government departments was hampering security plans for the 2012 Olympics.

By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent
Last Updated: 10:24PM GMT 27 Jan 2009

Gen Sir David Richards also told MPs that advanced technology being used to defeat insurgents in Afghanistan could be used to counter terrorist threats to the London Games.

It was also revealed in a memorandum to the Commons Defence Committee that MI5's assessment of the threat from international terrorism to Britain was "more ambitious in scope than we have seen before and will probably be with us for the foreseeable future".

But giving evidence to the Commons Defence Committee, General Sir David Richards, Commander-in-Chief Land Forces, said the Armed Forces still do not know what their role will be in providing security for the Games.

And, if they were to plan effectively, the military needed to know what would be required of them "as soon as possible".

Asked by committee chairman James Arbuthot "What keeps you awake at night?" in relation to UK security, Gen Richards replied: "I suppose at the back of my mind is 2012.

"The Government Ministries are all alert to the necessary work and are getting on with it.

"I would like to get clarity on what might be required from the Armed Forces as soon as possible.

"If we do have to re-train, create new units, IED (improvised explosive device) specialists, all that sort of thing, the sooner we get clarity the better."

Gen Richards said procedures for command and control, logistics and tactics "has not yet permeated through" to planners.

"There are bureaucratic rivalries that we have to ease out. It could be worse, it could be better," he said.

There were "risks" surrounding the 2012 Games and "we want to be fully prepared for it in good time".

But some of the terrorist scenarios put forward by a "horizon scanning" team had acted as "a catalyst to accelerate the work" of preparing the security system.

Security for the Olympics currently rests with the Office of Security and Counter Terrorism that reports directly to the Prime Minister.

Gen Richards was asked, with 12,000 troops deployed abroad in Iraq and Afghanistan, that those remaining in Britain would be sufficient to deal with a national emergency.

"If there was a catastrophic multi-city emergency the fact that we have lots of people deployed does make our response to that more difficult. That said this is what we train to do to - respond to the unexpected."

He added there was "still a lot of the Army" left back in Britain.

The officer, who will replace Gen Sir Richard Dannatt as head of the Army in August, was asked if advanced technology being used in Afghanistan and Iraq would have a use for Olympic security.

"I cannot go into details but undoubtedly there are things in certain scenarios being looked at," he said.

He suggested the equipment used would in particular be "intelligence and understanding what's going on".

The MPs were then shown a secret document by Brig James Everard, the Army's director of commitments, which gave the type of military capabilities available to the civil authorities. In addition to the SAS's counter terrorism squadron this is also thought to include eavesdropping devices and bomb disposal teams.

With only three Metropolitan police helicopters available, military aircraft could also be used for surveillance. While aerial drones have been a significant success in tackling the Taliban their use over London could be restricted by commercial airline routes.

The MoD memo added that the military had contributed "significant assets" to overseas operations aimed at "preventing terrorist attacks and pursuing terrorists".

While much of the information was confidential there was a "range of capabilities to conduct disruption operations against potential terrorist attacks".

The committee also heard that the Defence Secretary John Hutton had ordered a two-day seminar to consider a restructure of the Armed Forces to meet the challenges of future conflicts.

Crispin Blunt, the shadow security minister who watched Gen Richards give evidence, said: "Over half the time has gone between the award of the Olympics and the actual games in 2012 and the Armed Forces still don't know what is expected of them, not even an outline. The plan for Olympic security needs to be gripped and gripped fast."

A Home Office spokesman said: “The Government is committed to ensuring a safe and secure London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.

“Our plan for security has already been circulated to key stakeholders."

The spokesman added: “A draft Security Strategy, together with an accompanying Concept of Operations and the broad funding package, will be presented for sign off to the relevant Ministerial committee next month.”
�To those who are afraid of the truth, I wish to offer a few scary truths; and to those who are not afraid of the truth, I wish to offer proof that the terrorism of truth is the only one that can be of benefit to the proletariat.� -- On Terrorism and the State, Gianfranco Sanguinetti

Joined: 26 Nov 2005, 01:46

21 Jun 2009, 20:21 #7

Terror alert system too late for Olympics

A £1.4bn emergency network to deal with bomb scares, fires and floods is unlikely to be in place for the 2012 games and could even end up scrapped

    * Jamie Doward, home affairs editor
    * The Observer, Sunday 21 June 2009

A £1.4bn critical response system to ensure emergency services can deal with a major incident such as the 7/7 bombings is now running so far behind schedule that it is unlikely to be ready in time for the London 2012 Olympics, according to leaked documents.

The revelation has alarmed fire chiefs and prompted private outrage from ministers, who are said to have been kept in the dark by civil servants as to how late the state-of-the-art project is running.

The FiReControl system is described as critical for "protecting public safety and increasing the nation's resilience" and the government claims that once it is up and running it will meet "the challenges of today's world such as industrial accidents, terrorist threats and weather-related incidents" - a reference to the spate of dramatic floods in recent years.

The system, which will link all fire and rescue control centres via nine regional hubs and will cost £380m to set up, automatically channels emergency calls to available operators if telephone lines jam during a national emergency.

Satellite positioning equipment monitors the whereabouts of each emergency vehicle so control centres can establish whether it is the best resource for an incident. All vehicles will be fitted with mobile data terminals that carry constantly updated information, including hydrant locations. Running costs over a 25-year life cycle put the overall cost of the project at £1.4bn, according to unions and independent consultants.

The system was supposed to be completed at the end of 2007, but a series of delays has pushed its roll-out back years. According to the Department of Communities and Local Government(DCLG) website, the first three regional control centres are supposed to go live next summer, "nine months later than previously expected, with the full system expected in place by spring 2012 - five months later than planned".

The fire service wanted the system in place at least 12 months before the games started to allow it to sort out any teething problems. But documents leaked to the Observer indicate the project has been delayed by at least another 10 months, which means the national roll-out of the system will not actually be completed until after the London games.

"It is deeply concerning that the government has not got a grip on a project that they deem vital to security and our resilience to a terrorist attack," said Tom Brake MP, the Liberal Democrats' Olympics spokesman. "When you spend over a billion pounds of taxpayers' money making them safer, they should not have to wait five years for it."

Delaying the system's introduction until after the games raises questions about whether the capital could cope with a major incident during the event.

A DCLG email to those involved in the project asks them to treat with "sensitivity" issues involving further delays in the system's roll-out.

"The project is in meltdown and may not be properly tested and in place for the 2012 Olympics even if they can make it work," said the Fire Brigades Union assistant general secretary, Andy Dark. "Fire services needed the entire network to be bedded down and tested by summer 2011 and that will not happen."

The delays threaten to have political implications. The Conservatives have repeatedly said that any control centre that is not operational if and when they get elected will be cancelled, suggesting the entire project faces the axe.

A DCLG spokeswoman said: "Schedules for projects of this kind are kept under constant review. The department's focus is making sure the benefits of this project are delivered to the fire and rescue service and the public."

Dark said the only option was to improve the existing system rather than introduce a new one. "The project is years late, over-budget, and government remains unable to convince the fire service they can make it work properly," he said. "To continue with these plans in this state is entirely irresponsible."
�To those who are afraid of the truth, I wish to offer a few scary truths; and to those who are not afraid of the truth, I wish to offer proof that the terrorism of truth is the only one that can be of benefit to the proletariat.� -- On Terrorism and the State, Gianfranco Sanguinetti