The City of Swan’s tender review committee is standing by its decision to list Perkins as the preferred tenderer for Ellenbrook’s $58 million Leisure Centre, despite a call for it to be revoked.
The City of Swan’s tender review committee is standing by its decision to list Perkins Builders as the preferred tenderer for the construction of Ellenbrook’s $58 million Leisure Centre, despite a call for it to be revoked.
The committee met yesterday evening to consider a motion to revoke the decision to award the tender for the construction of the aquatic centre, just one week after it was announced.
But the motion was listed as a confidential item and dealt with behind closed doors, with the value of the contract to remain under wraps until negotiations with Perkins are finalised.
The city would not be drawn on what prompted the reconsideration of the tender allocation, nor the debate that led the committee to maintain the original decision.
Construction of the centre had been due to start in the second half of this year, but there has been little more than earthworks and site clearing since it broke ground 14 months ago.
The original tender for the construction of the facility opened in September last year, before being reopened last month.
In a statement to Business News this morning, a spokesperson for the City of Swan said the local government would now begin negotiations with the preferred tenderer.
Construction on the facility is now anticipated to begin later this financial year, with the city reiterating its commitment to delivering the project in a “timely manner” for its growing community.
The facility, which includes an indoor 25m lane lap pool, a spa and sauna, indoor multi-purpose sports courts, a gym, group fitness rooms, a cafe, and a creche, was supported by $25 million in funding from the federal government and $7 million from the state.