Got a brilliant idea for better roads?

Three South Australian councils are joining forces to find innovative ideas for roads and pavements that are smarter, more sustainable and can be rolled out at scale.

City of Mitchem in conjunction with City of Unley and Holdfast Bay has put out a call for expressions of interest for product manufacturers, researchers and civil construction firms to pitch their greenest and best value ideas.

The concept does not need to be costed in detail, but it does need to be something that has never been tried in the state before and can be rolled out across all future road projects including both construction and reconstruction in the regions.

Solutions should tick several categories such as reduced virgin material use, reduced CO2, improved safety, improved works methodology, longer asset life, community benefit and better performance.

Applicants will also need to suggest the types of site within the LGAs that will be suitable for the initial pilot of their concept if the EOI is successful.

The EOI closes 5pm Adelaide time, 24 January 2020. Details here.

Fishermans Bend works opportunities

New apartment projects at Fishermans Bend may currently be slow to break ground, but there’s a number of other work opportunities in the offing. For a start, Department of Defence has a tender open for upgrades to 12 buildings and the ICT pit at the Defence Science and Technology Group.

The scope includes architectural refurbishment, structural works modernisation and provision of energy efficient and compliant mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and fire protection services.

Local procurement, Indigenous procurement and proof of sustainability practices will be key to getting a tender across the line.

The Tender closes at noon ACT time on 7 February 2020. Details here.

A project to have on the radar is the new Fishermans Bend public high school. The project is in the final detail design stages, and funds for the $80 million four-storey vertical school have been allocated under the Victorian government’s education building program.

The school will have capacity for around 1100 students and is planned to open in 2022. Environmentally sustainable design has been integrated throughout, and along with facilities for students and shared community spaces, it will feature a fabrication lab and robotics workshop.

Another major social infrastructure build that may go out to tender next year is the new hospital planned for the area. Design is yet to be finalised, however, initial community engagement and consultation and preliminary scoping is underway.

Sunshine Coast foreshore facelift

Sunshine Coast City Council has put out a tender for the first stage of its five-year plan to revitalise the Mooloolaba foreshore. 

The initial project includes the detailed design and construction of a Headland Boardwalk which will link Alexandra Headland to the northern end of the Mooloolaba Foreshore. Development approval design and documentation has already been completed.

The over-arching goals of the redevelopment are a blend of tourist-magnet and sustainability, with an emphasis on materials and approaches that have a biophilic aspect and reference the area’s natural environment.

The masterplan for the one kilometre stretch of foreshore also includes community, cultural, event and recreation spaces, in addition to a 40 per cent additional area of public parkland, waterfront pedestrian promenade and separated cycle path.

The Stage 1 boardwalk tender closes noon QLD time on 17 December. Details here.

Wangaratta hospital project

Jacobs Group has been appointed by Northeast Health Wangaratta to project manage the redevelopment of both Wangaratta Hospital and NHW’s aged care facility.

The tender is now open for the design and construct works package across both sites.

The redevelopment aims to improve facilities and increase the hospital’s capacity to act as the central referral hospital for numerous communities in the Hume region including Bright, Beechworth, Yarrawonga and Benalla.

A mix of funding has been obtained to finance the works, and all proposals must incorporate sustainability initiatives that align with Victorian state government targets around reductions in energy and water use.

Construction must commence in the final quarter of 2019-2020, and the tender closes 4pm Victorian time, 20 January 2020. Details here.

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