02/09/2015 - 12:00

Watpac to build schools in Victoria

02/09/2015 - 12:00

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Watpac is part of a consortium selected as the preferred tenderer for the construction of 15 new schools in Victoria.

Watpac to build schools in Victoria

Watpac is part of a consortium selected as the preferred tenderer for the construction of 15 new schools in Victoria.

Learning Communities Victoria, a consortium comprising Watpac, Amber Infrastructure and Spotless Group, has been selected as the preferred bidder for the Victorian government’s new schools public private partnership project, which involves the design, construction and maintenance of 15 new government schools.

The Victorian government has valued the cost of the schools at $291 million.

The design of the schools will need to support new options for students with a disability, including an inclusive education precinct at Armstrong Creek, and a special development school in North Geelong.

The new schools are scheduled to open during the 2017 and 2018 school years.

“Additional community facilities and programs will be incorporated into each design, transforming every school into a community hub,” the Victorian government said.

“In the areas of highest population growth, additional permanent classrooms will also be built, to give our communities the certainty they need.”

The contract is expected to be signed in late October, with construction set to begin by the end of the year.

Watpac shares were 1.6 per cent lower to 88.5 cents at midday.

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