Published on 11 March 2016

Fairbrother Pty Ltd has been recommended as the preferred construction contractor for Stage 1 of the LIVING CITY project in a report being considered by Devonport City Council at a Special Council Meeting to be held 6pm, Tuesday 15 March 2016.

Fairbrother Pty Ltd was one of three short-listed companies invited to submit tenders as part of a two-phase tender process, following an open market expression of interest process to identify potential building contractors in September 2015.

The three short-listed contractors presented guaranteed maximum price ‘GMP’ design and construct tender submissions for the project in mid-January.

The report to Council states that ‘Fairbrother ranked the highest and are considered to offer the best option to Council’ in relation to assessment of the tenders against the evaluation criteria.

Council engaged legal firm Page Seager as probity advisors to oversee the tender process independent from Council and the LIVING CITY Development Consultant, P+I Group.

“The community can be assured that this extra layer of oversight provides additional assurance for Council that the selection process was merit based and assessed purely on the information provided in the tender submissions” said Devonport Mayor, Alderman Steve Martin.

It is proposed that after Council’s selection of the preferred contractor that an early works package will be agreed, to enable works to commence whilst the GMP contract is finalised.

A tentative date for an official LIVING CITY Stage 1 Ground Breaking Ceremony has been set for Wednesday, 23 March 2016, subject to Council’s appointment of the preferred contractor on Tuesday.

A contract has already been awarded to Oliver Kelly for the relocation of Council’s offices to temporary premises in the former Harvey Norman building.  Subject to Council’s decision on the preferred construction contractor for Stage 1 of LIVING CITY, Council could relocate offices in mid-April.