London 2012: OPLC reviews Olympic Stadium bid process
- 5 July 2011
- From the section London
An independent review will be held into the process of awarding the Olympic Stadium to West Ham, the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) has said.
An OPLC employee, Dionne Knight, was suspended after it emerged she carried out consultancy work on behalf of the club without her managers' knowledge.
The OPLC said she took no part in the process and it was confident its integrity had "not been compromised".
Tottenham Hotspur have demanded a judicial review after failing to win.
They have applied to the High Court, asking for permission to force the OPLC, Newham Council, London's mayor and government ministers to explain their decision to select West Ham.
They have made a fresh approach to the court after an initial attempt to secure a judicial review was rejected.
The OPLC board voted 14-0 in February to back the Hammers over Spurs as first choice to move into the £486m venue once next year's Games are over.
It emerged last week that Ms Knight had declared "a personal relationship" with a West Ham employee when she started at the OPLC.
It was not until Thursday evening, however, that she told the OPLC of her work at the club.
The OPLC said she was being suspended while any possible conflict of interest was investigated.
The company has appointed auditors Moore Stephens to investigate its own internal stadium procedures.
It has also asked an independent barrister to consider the nature of the consultancy work which Ms Knight did "without our knowledge or permission".
On Sunday West Ham said they were taking legal action against Tottenham and The Sunday Times over allegations about the Olympic Stadium bidding process.