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OLYMPIC GAMES: IS PARIS 2024 LESS WELL ORGANISED AND EQUIPPED IN PROCUREMENT THAN LONDON 2012?1

International Construction Law Review

OLYMPIC GAMES: IS PARIS 2024 LESS WELL ORGANISED AND EQUIPPED IN PROCUREMENT THAN LONDON 2012?1

Gabriel Armanet*

Senior Consultant, FTI Consulting, Construction Solutions – Forensic and Litigation

ABSTRACT

The Olympic Games are schedule-driven megaprojects which often receive criticism caused by their cost overruns. In 2024, Paris will host the Olympic Games, as London did 12 years before it. This article explores organisation and procurement practices which influence the success of any project. For procurement, it discusses the contracts forms: “NEC3” and “CCAG” used to procure the public works for the Games. This article addresses the known and prospective effects of these factors on the successful delivery of the Games. It also addresses the impact of the recent Covid-19 pandemic on French procurement law and the Paris Games.

INTRODUCTION

The summer Olympic Games are among the greatest sporting events. For the construction industry, the Games represent tremendous opportunities to contribute to important urban changes.2 The London Games was a showcase for the UK construction industry and the third suite of the New Engineering Contract (NEC3) because all the conditions were met to make the project a success: collaboration, good management, and favourable market conditions.3 The works were delivered on time, within budget, and without disputes.
This article addresses the current situation for the Paris Games in 2024 and explores how well Paris is prepared to ensure the success in terms of
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