AFTER receiving six expressions of interest, the ACT Government this week announced that two groups have reached the next stage of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) procurement process for the ACT Law Courts project.
The ACT Law Courts project includes the redevelopment of the Supreme Court and the creation of an integrated courts facility with links to the Magistrates Court and provision of a secure custodial management facility to service both courts.
The two successful consortia are:
- Capital Courts – including Richard Crookes Constructions, Brookfield Johnson Controls, Amber Infrastructure and Bates Smart Architects with Katsieris Origami Architecture; and
- Juris Partnership – including Laing O'Rourke Construction, Programmed Facility Management, Macquarie Capital Group and Lyons Architecture.
"We are delighted with the interest this project has generated and are confident that both of the shortlisted consortia will produce exciting and innovative solutions as part of the RFP process," Attorney-General Simon Corbell said.
"I am assured that the emphasis we have placed on heritage, urban design and sustainability has been understood and embraced by the shortlisted consortia and we will continue to drive these aspirations throughout the next phase of procurement."
Treasurer Andrew Barr said that the ACT Law Courts project is the first major ACT Government infrastructure project to be delivered by a PPP. He added that during consultation on The Partnerships Framework, the primary request from industry was that only two parties be shortlisted for procurements.
"The ACT Government is committed to reducing the burden on industry wherever we can and ensuring that the ACT continues as a place where government and industry can work collaboratively to deliver value and excellence throughout our infrastructure and investment program. That's why we have shortlisted two consortia to progress through to the RFP," Mr Barr said.
The selection of a successful bidder and finalisation of PPP contracts for the ACT Law Courts projects is due to occur during 2015, with construction scheduled to commence in early 2016.