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Civic Centre underway in Whangarei

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The site for Whangarei’s new Civic Centre has been narrowed down to two areas - either the Forum North/RSA precinct in Rust Avenue, or within the City Core, and the search is now on for the right team to help locate, design and build it.

"We are now looking for a Lead Contractor to work with collaboratively. They will assemble a team of experienced professionals (architect, quantity surveyor and builder etc.). We want a supplier who has a proven track record and established systems for a build like this" said Alan Adcock, GM Corporate/CFO

"We have narrowed down the potential location for this building, which we intend to be the hub for civic activity for the District, to these two general areas to make decision making more straightforward as we work with the chosen supplier.

"We are also looking for a ‘Principal’s Agent’, someone who will provide independent advice to everyone involved and help with overall project management."

"Last week we released Registrations of Interest (ROI) for the Lead Contractor for the project, giving industry members until 15 November to respond.

"We will then seek more detailed proposals from a short-list of those who registered. We plan to complete the process and appoint the Lead Contractor before Christmas.

A similar process is being followed for the selection of the Principal’s Agent.

"Council is using a collaborative model for the development. We want this to be a positive experience for all parties involved and are looking for a supplier with a strong track record in working this way.

"We are after something that is not just fit for purpose and within the $37 million budget. It must provide value for money, meet all statutory requirements, include innovative ideas and reflect the needs of the community now and in the future. It must also be designed with sustainability in mind - ideally to a Green Star 4 rating" said Mr Adcock.

"We will also be doing our best to create an award-winning building, which doesn’t have to mean big spending, as we showed with our fabulous Library, good design, strong project management and tight budget control can lead to great things - in that case a much-loved community asset that also drew national attention."

"Over the past few years we have been exploring how we create a civic centre that is suitable for our growing city, and how we can accommodate our staff in one central location. But we want to achieve much more than this. It can help us achieve outcomes in our City Centre Plan, which include enhancing experiences and vibrancy in the central city, creating connectivity and taking a lead in quality development and design.

"It’s great to see us taking the first step in bringing our new Civic Centre to life."

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