The first Public Private Partnership in the ACT has reached a major milestone with an invitation for expressions of interest released for the ACT Law Courts project by Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, and Treasurer, Andrew Barr, today.
It is the first stage in a procurement process that will continue over the coming months.
“As the territory’s first PPP, this project is an important pathfinder and demonstrates the government’s commitment to working in partnership with the private sector to deliver our future infrastructure needs,” Mr Barr said.
“This major infrastructure investment will deliver a significant public building to serve the people of the territory for more than 50 years and will bring employment and economic benefits to the community.
“It will deliver value for money by creating a lasting partnership between the successful bidder and the territory.”
Short-listed bid teams will be invited into an interactive bidding process towards the end of this year and early in 2015. It is expected that contracts will be entered into in late 2015, with construction commencing during 2016.
“This document indicates the territory’s requirements for the Supreme Court and its intention to deliver a functional, flexible and sustainable solution for current and future court demands,” Mr Corbell said.
“It also makes it clear to the market that the government is committed to respecting the heritage of the existing Supreme Court building.
“This project will help the ACT government meet its goal to be carbon neutral by 2020. The new building will be designed and built to achieve high standards of energy efficiency and the potential to deliver energy performance improvements for the existing Magistrates Court.
“The government is also considering mandating a minimum five star rating for the new building under the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star Rating system.”