Building contractor Lipman Pty Ltd have been contracted to move ahead on with Coffs Harbour City Council’s $76.5m, current estimate, Cultural and Civic Space.
Lipman’s, who are based in North Sydney, have been appointed to run the Early Contractor Involvement services stage.
This new contract is basically a more in-depth next stage of the project. Council state its aim is to make sure all construction requirements and efficiencies are in place ahead of the start of actual construction itself.
The Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) services involve expert, elementary building support and and includes (but are not limited:
– Fully interrogating the design for construction operation suitability, inconsistency, incompleteness or other issues;
– Ensuring the construction works are sufficiently designed and documented to ensure Council can get fixed lump sum pricing for the design completion and construction;
– Developing a ‘Scope of Works’ for the actual construction phase itself.
– Working with Council’s appointed architects in order to develop any detailed Design Documents;
– Working with Council’s Cost Manager so as to protect the project budget;
Last month, Council approved the appointment of consultants to manage the above phases of the project.
With votes tied four-four Mayor Denise Knight once again used her casting vote at the meeting, held on February 13, to support the three different motions to award the tenders for those three key roles.
According to a Council Press Release the new building will;
- “provide access to cultural opportunities and facilities that are not currently available in Coffs Harbour;
- create a cultural precinct and cultural tourism opportunities;
- provide lifelong learning, educational opportunities and improved literacy;
- increase social wellbeing and connections;
- bring economic benefit to the region; and
- help develop a vibrant and active central business district and city centre.”
No new Entertainment Center or Performing Arts Center is envisaged in the building.
Council states an “independent economic assessment has identified a host of benefits to the CBD including financial gains over a 30-year period totalling $57m with 31 on-going jobs. When in operation, it is projected to contribute $2m annually to the Gross Regional Product through support of local businesses.”
Based on a CHCC Press Release – Tuesday 17 March 2020. See; https://www.news.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/2020/03/17/cultural-and-civic-space-takes-another-step-forward/