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Contractors selected for construction of Acton Peninsula cultural precinct

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SENATOR THE HON RICHARD ALSTON Minister for Communications, the Information Economy and the Arts Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate R e l e a s e

Contractors selected for construction of Acton Peninsula cultural precinct

The Federal Minister for the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, today announced that the building and services contracts for the Acton Peninsula project have been awarded to the consortium of CivT & Civic Pty Ltd, Tyco International Ltd and Honeywell Ltd.

The National Museum of Australia, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre will be built on the Acton Peninsula in Canberra.

‘The Federal and ACT Governments were impressed with the quality of proposals and the level of industry interest in this significant national project,’ Senator Alston said.

‘Total funding of $151.9 million for the construction of the new facilities has been approved from the Federation Fund - comprising $133 million for capital works and $18.9 million for one-off establishment costs.’

Tenders for the building and services contract were invited in May, with ten proposals received from consortia of leading construction companies.

The consortium of Civil & Civic, Tyco and Honeywell will join architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall and Robert Peck von Hartel Trethowan in the Acton Peninsula alliance along with the Commonwealth and ACT Government, and an exhibition designer to be selected shortly.

In a project alliance all major parties on the project work as an integrated team under a single agreement, with the commercial rewards based on the success of the project. The agreement provides strong incentives for the project to be delivered on time, ยท within budget and with outstanding quality, with a loss of profit should the project not meet any of these objectives.

It is the first time a project alliance has been proposed for a federal project, and a first for the building construction industry. There were strong statements of support from industry for the use of a project alliance for this project and its wider introduction into the construction industry. Industry participants identified the potential for project alliancing to drive innovation and generate efficiencies in the construction industry.

‘The Museum will open in 2001 as part of the Centenary of Federation celebration, and will be developed as a national centre of excellence in communicating knowledge and understanding of Australia’s history through exhibitions and use of new technologies,’ Senator Alston said.

Media contact: Terry O’Connor, Minister’s office 02 6277 7480 Website: au 178/98 24 August 1998