Game on for stadium managing contract for North Queensland Stadium
The race starts today for the managing contractor for the AU$250m North Queensland Stadium.
Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham said Expressions of Interest (EOIs) opened today for the managing contractor to deliver the stadium for the 2020 NRL season.
Dr Lynham confirmed:
We are determined that local businesses will get the opportunity to participate in the delivery of the project’s procurement, to provide local employment and upskilling.
These EOIs will be assessed on local industry participation strategies as well as experience, capacity and capability.
The managing contractor will be required to create local employment opportunities, ensure suitable local businesses are given the opportunity to tender on trade packages, identify opportunities for local industry innovation and achieve project training targets.
Dr Lynham said EOI submissions would be evaluated on:
- Capability and capacity
- Relevant experience, including experience in the Townsville region
- Local industry participation and training strategies, including strategies to maximise employment opportunities for the local Indigenous community
- Results on similar projects
The EOI closes on 18 January, 2017.
A shortlist will be selected by February to submit formal tenders, with the successful managing contractor to be appointed by mid-2017.
The North Queensland Stadium is a joint project of the Queensland Government, Australian Government and Townsville City Council and is supported by the National Rugby League (NRL).
The 25,000-seat, best-practice, regional stadium will include state-of-the-art corporate facilities, permanent stands, permanent concessions and modern amenities. It will be one of the first outcomes from the Townsville City Deal signed off last week by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill.
Under the City Deal, the Palaszczuk Government contributes AU$140m, the Australian Government AU$100m and the NRL together with the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys AU$10m. Townsville City Council is contributing the stadium site.
Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland, Coralee O’Rourke, said the next milestone in the stadium project was an exciting step towards unlocking hundreds of jobs and flow on benefits to the region:
I can’t encourage local businesses enough to register their interest for work packages on the stadium. Get along to some of the forums we’re holding to help equip you with the tools you need to make the most of the opportunities coming our way.
Member for Thuringowa, Aaron Harper, said now is the time for North Queensland businesses to step up, take the ball and run with it:
I urge local businesses to become a part of our North Queensland team and help us deliver a world class stadium for North Queensland, built by North Queenslanders.
Member for Townsville, Scott Stewart, said it was vital that local tradies, contractors and businesses have every chance to maximise jobs opportunities:
Our local businesses working on the stadium project will help kickstart our Townsville economy.
Local businesses can continue to register their capabilities and interest for the North Queensland Stadium work packages online at: northqueenslandstadium.icn.
As of 10am Monday, of the 326 companies who have submitted EOIs for work packages with the managing contractor, 120 are from North Queensland.
First stadium contracts on schedule for Christmas awards
The first three contracts for the AU$250m North Queensland Stadium – including principal consultant – are on schedule to be awarded by Christmas.
Speaking in Townsville, Minister for State Development, Dr Anthony Lynham, confirmed last month that the next milestone was a call for tenders for two contracts for the quantity survey and audit programmer; with tenders to be submitted by December 9 and to be awarded before the holidays.
The eight local shortlisted companies are:
- AECOM Cost Consulting (Brisbane and Townsville offices)
- Donald Cant Watts Corke Qld (Brisbane and Townsville offices)
- Gleeds in collaboration with local Townsville firm D. Neilsen & Associates (Brisbane)
- Rider Levett Bucknell Qld (RLB) (Brisbane and Townsville offices)
- WT Partnership (Brisbane and Townsville offices).
- Ranbury Management Group (Mackay and Brisbane offices)
- Resource Co-ordination Partnership (Brisbane and Townsville offices)
- Tracey Brunstrom & Hammond (Brisbane and Townsville offices)
Two Brisbane-based companies are also in the running Aquenta Consulting and Rowles Time Management.
Tenders for the principal consultant contract closed on 30 November, with a consultant to be appointed before Christmas.
Images courtesy: http://www.morethanastadium.com.au/
Source: Queensland Government