23/10/2015 - 13:42

Programmed in line for $150m job

23/10/2015 - 13:42

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A consortium including Programmed Maintenance Services has been named the preferred bidder for the ACT’s $150 million Law Courts Public Private Partnership, while the state government has signed a contract for Western Australia’s first schools PPP.

Programmed in line for $150m job

A consortium including Programmed Maintenance Services has been named the preferred bidder for the ACT’s $150 million Law Courts Public Private Partnership, while the state government has signed a contract for Western Australia’s first schools PPP.

The Juris Partnership includes Macquarie Capital, engineering and construction firm Laing O’Rourke, and Programmed’s facility management division.

The consortium will refurbish the existing Magistrates Court and Supreme Court in the ACT, integrate a new building to combine the courts into a single facility, and maintain the courts for 25 years.

Programmed’s scope of work includes a full suite of asset management services including management of all reactive and planned maintenance, capital works and refurbishment services, soft services, security services, and recording and transcription services.

Construction is due to start in March next year.

Programmed managing director Christopher Sutherland said the contract would be the fifth public private partnership with which the company is involved.

“It demonstrates the potential for our group as governments increasingly seek privately funded and managed solutions to upgrade and maintain public infrastructure,” Mr Sutherland said.

Meanwhile, the state government has named the consortium comprising Macquarie Capital, Badge, Perkins Builders and Spotless Facilities Services as the group to build eight new public schools, which will be the first build under a PPP in WA.

EduWest will finance, design and build a primary school in Landsdale, Alkimos, Baldivis and Byford, and a secondary school in Ellenbrook, Lakelands, Hammond Park and Harrisdale.

The primary schools are due to be open in 2017.

Treasurer Mike Nahan said the consortium would only be paid when each school was operational.

“Successful negotiations for this contract have confirmed that the cost of the project is $100 million less than the state’s public sector comparator,” Dr Nahan said.

“This contract ensures the best value for the taxpayers of Western Australia, while also creating 2,700 jobs, delivering important benefits for the state’s economy.”

Programmed was part of a consortium which was also bidding for the contract.

Education Minister Peter Collier said the design of each PPP school would be similar to other new public schools, with customised colour, design and landscaping to suit the sites.

“The schools will also be based on ecologically sustainable design principles, with a particular emphasis on reducing energy consumption,” Mr Collier said.

Construction is planned to begin next week.

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