07 Aug 2016
Deputy Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Minister for Corporate and Information Services
Hundreds of construction jobs will be created in Darwin and Palmerston with the Northern Territory Government proceeding with a select tender process for new Department of Health (DoH) headquarters to be based in both centres.
Deputy Chief Minister Peter Styles said the new health headquarters will provide a significant stimulation for the local construction industry, has the potential to support hundreds of construction workers and inject millions of dollars into the local economy.
Three proponents have been shortlisted from the expression of interest (EoI) process, which called for suitably qualified and experienced developers or building owners to supply up to 12,000 m2 of office accommodation for the DoH.
“Options under consideration include office accommodation located in the Darwin CBD and Palmerston CBD, with a view to having 6,000m2 in each centre to spread the economic stimulus,” Mr Styles said.
“In addition to the core building requirements, the government would consider submissions that maximise the broader social and economic benefit to the local community.
“This will be achieved through a compatible commercial development which creates and sustains jobs and increases business attraction.”
The three proponents going to select tender process are Randazzo Properties, Palmerston Investments and the Halikos Group.
With Department of Health office space leases expiring over the next few years it is timely for government to consider what opportunities exist in the market.
The new buildings will improve government service delivery through improved community access to the Department and its services.
The EoI closed on 13 May and resulted in 18 submissions with 25 options.
The request for tenders is expected to be called in October.
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