With the Trafalgar Centre scheduled to be reopened in February 2016 the Nelson City Council has appointed a local contractor to lead the upgrade project.
Local firm Gibbons Construction will be working in partnership with Downer in the stage one detailed design phase.
The combined bid between Gibbons Construction and Downer was selected as the preferred tender through a process which drew interest from the New Zealand construction sector.
Council say they engaged construction professionals early in the project development to assist in the project design in order to achieve greater cost effectiveness and cost certainty during the construction phase of the project.
Mayor Reese was pleased that a local firm came out on top through this selection process.
“We have real construction talent in our city and it’s good to see a local firm competing and winning a tender in competition with major New Zealand (and International) firms. The combined bid with Downer highlights the benefits that partnerships can have, each leveraging off their respective expertise. Taking a partnership approach is highlighted in our Long Term Plan consultation document. Gibbons Construction has demonstrated an excellent understanding of our city and the steps required to get this important community facility re-opened.”
Gibbons Construction is delighted to be involved in the project with Chief Operating Officer Shane Trench calling it a project “of huge significance for the region”. Trench notes “There are a number of challenges with this project which require specialist technical experience, as well as sufficient resources to complete the works in what is a relatively tight timeframe. Aligning ourselves with Downer ticks all those boxes and clearly the tender evaluation team agrees. Council are to be applauded for their approach of early contractor involvement for the project and we are chuffed that we, Gibbons/Downer, both significant local employers in our own right have been selected for stage one.”