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Gov in hunt for offices in Melbourne and Adelaide

TENDERS AND OTHER:  There’s something to tantalise all spirits this week in tenders and other Green Gigs, from new office buildings for the government in Melbourne and Adelaide to renewables to help out Sydney Water and a new eco tourism project in lovely Tassie.

Jump aboard to help change with a gov gig

It’s long been said in sustainability circles that state and federal government requirements for energy-efficiency benchmarks drive positive change in the commercial office sector.

Two currently open tenders for leased space are a good example – but also show some interesting contrasts.

The Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs is calling for expressions of interest for new digs in Melbourne. It is looking for between 19,500 and 22,000 sqm of space in the CBD or surrounding areas with a minimum 5 Star NABERS rating.

It would prefer to be the sole tenant in a building with floorplates of 1000 square metres minimum, 90 permanent car parking spaces and 70 temporary car spaces.

Proximity to public transport and cycle paths is a must, as is nearby end-of-trip facilities, childcare, retail, gym, health care, financial services and cafes.

A Green Lease schedule must be provided. EOI closes 2pm ACT time, March 13, 2020. Full details here.

The other open EOI in Adelaide, for a South Australian government department, raises the green office bar much higher. The department is looking for between 3000 sq m to 3200 sq m net lettable area, available from late 2021 in any location within the Adelaide CBD, core or frame.

It will consider either new or refurbished space with a minimum 5 Star NABERS rating, 5 Star Green Star Design and 5 Star Green Star As Built, and the fitout must achieve a minimum of 5 Star Green Star Interiors.

Availability of public transport is crucial, as are end-of-trip facilities, with only up to six carparks wanted.

The preference is for premises classified as PCA A-Grade office accommodation, which are also certified as performing to current earthquake standards.

EOI closes 5pm Adelaide time, Wednesday 26 February, full details here.

The cladding beast

Victoria has a massive task on its hands rectifying the risks of flammable cladding on an estimated 500 buildings across the state – and the government is calling for help.

Newly-established agency, Cladding Safety Victoria, has an Expression of Interest open for experienced and qualified consulting consortia to join a panel to provide Due Diligence Reports for each building.

Consortia are suggested to combine consultants, subcontractors and partner firms that can together provide an integrated end-to-end service for a building.

The experience mix will need to include project management, fire engineering, quantity surveying, materials testing or laboratory services, technical façade engineering and potentially also mechanical, structural, civil and hydraulic engineering.

A high volume of work is expected to be undertaken throughout 2020.

The EOI closes 2pm Victorian time, 12 March. Details here.

Renewable energy expertise for Sydney Water

Did you know Sydney Water already produces biogas at eight of its waste water treatment plants and uses it to produce heat and electricity? The biogas is captured from the methane generated by effluent – and the water authority is now looking to roll the idea out to another of its plants.

It has a request for information open involving two procurements – one for the design, purchase, installation, operations and maintenance of two 1.4 MW cogeneration engines for the Malabar waste water treatment plant and also an overall service provider for operations and maintenance of all its renewable energy generation assets.

In addition to the biogas digesters and co-generation plants, it currently has several hydropower electric turbine installations in Metropolitan Sydney, Illawarra and the Blue Mountains, as well as an increasing deployment of solar PV.

At this stage it is looking for industry feedback on procurement options. See details here of how to participate in the RFI – closing 2 March 2020.

Outdoor adventure in Tassie

A new ecotourism project in Tassie is expected to go out to tender next month, according to the Tasmanian Government’s Tender Portal.

Tasmanian’s Next Iconic Walk is planned for the West Coast, with up to $20 million committed by the government to deliver a three-day hut-based trek including the Tyndall Ranges. Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service are managing the project.

It will be highly sensitive – and possibly contentious – as groups including the National Parks Association have noted the proposed route takes in some extremely fragile and vulnerable ecological communities.

The theme of the walk is the state’s mining heritage, another possible sore spot.

So, it will be a challenge for the successful project team to manage the community consultation, stakeholder liaison, design and delivery.

The initial tender is expected to recruit a design consultant to provide advice, develop designs, prepare building and construction documentation, seek relevant approvals and provide contract administration for built infrastructure.

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