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BRISBANE TELEPHONE EXCHANGE CONTRACT

S tatem ent By th e M in is te r f o r Works, Mr. F r e e th .

The M in is te r f o r Works, Mr. F r e e th , announced to d a y t h a t

an £810,000 c o n tr a c t f o r th e c o n s tr u c tio n of a m u lt i- s to r e y

te le p h o n e exchange b u ild in g in E l i z a b e t h - s t r e e t , B risb a n e had

been l e t to F .C . Upton and Sons P ty . L td .

The c o n tr a c t i s E xpected to be com pleted w ith in two y e a r s .

Mr. F r e e th s a id t h a t th e b u ild in g s i t e had a f ro n ta g e of ■

132 f t . to E l i z a b e t h - s t r e e t and extended th ro u g h to E dison L ane,

I t was p a r t of th e G.P.O . s i t e . The e x i s tin g b u ild in g s on th e s i t e ,

which have been used f o r m a il h a n d lin g p u rp o se s, would be dem olished

t o make way f o r th e new b u ild in g .

he s a id th e exchange had been d esig n ed by a r c h i t e c t s and

e n g in e e rs of th e Commonwealth D epartm ent of Works. I t would

accommodate a u to m a tic , manual and tr u n k l i n e exchange equipment

e s s e n t i a l to th e developm ent of th e lo c a l te le p h o n e netw o rk .

The b u ild in g would be of b r ic k w ith a r e in f o r c e d c o n c re te

fram e and f l a t s la b f l o o r s , ^ t w i l l have a b asem en t, ground f l o o r

and seven u p p er f l o o r s .

B lack g r a n ite -w ill be used on th e b ase of th e b u ild in g

and m arble on th e exposed colum ns. Windows w i l l be alum inium

fram ed and th e ro o f w i l l be sh e e te d w ith co p p er.

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CANBERRA: Septem ber 27, 1963