THE West Australian Government yesterday called for expressions of interest (EOI) for a managing contractor to complete the design and construction of the inlet and its surrounding public space as part of the Perth Waterfront project.
With the contract estimated to be worth $200 million, Planning Minister John Day said the contractor would be appointed through a two-stage process that would involve rigorous assessment.
"We are looking for a very experienced team to help deliver the transformation of Perth's waterfront - connecting the city to the Swan River and creating an attractive destination for the people of Perth and visitors alike," Mr Day said.
"The early involvement of the managing contractor for this important part of the project will mean a high level of collaboration with the State's own project team; more efficient delivery of the project; and encourage innovation in design and construction."
The contract is the first in a series of works packages to be presented to the market and it follows last month's detailed briefing to about 250 industry representatives.
According to Mr Day, the works package will involve:
- Creating the new inlet and surrounding public spaces and promenades;
- The island - which will be the centrepiece of the new Perth Waterfront, along with the access bridges to it;
- The public access jetty and public transport berth; and
- Sites for future private sector development.
"The contract also involves consultation with a variety of important stakeholders as well as critical traffic management arrangements, to ensure minimal disruption during construction, and an efficient ongoing flow of traffic into and through the area," he said.
The $440 million Perth Waterfront project aims to transform the city by reconnecting it with the Swan River and is expected to be completed in 2014.
Ultimately, the government expects the 10 hectare site will contain 1,700 apartments, 150,000 square metres of office space and 39,000 square metres of retail space. This private sector construction is expected to commence in stages from 2013 to 2022.