The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has today announced the start of its search for up to 20 timber suppliers to provide sustainable timber for the London 2012 Games construcion project.

Companies selected will form part of a Timber Supplier Panel. The ODA will then “encourage the supply chain to source all timber from the panel”. The Authority also announced the volumes that will be required; an estimated 600,000m² of hardwood, softwood plywood and other products, and 40,000m³ of softwood.

The ODA described the plan to source only fully legal and sustaintable timber as “groundbreaking” and an important part in helping London 2012 become a truly “green Games”.

“A framework for the responsible sourcing of timber is unprecedented for a project of this size and scale,” said ODA chief executive David Higgins.

“However, working with the timber and construction industries it is an opportunity to break new ground in sustainable sourcing.”

Suppliers will be required to provide timber certified to forest certification schemes approved by the government’s Central Point of Expertise on Timber.

The deadline for timber companies to submit the pre-qualification questionnaire is April 7, with the Timber Supplier Panel expected to be appointed in July. The pre-qualification questionnaire for the Timber Supply Panel can be accessed at and registering with the London 2012 eTendering service.

Fore more information on the business opportunity visit the London 2012 Business Network on