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Permanent APVMA Armidale office
On 12 March 2018 the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon. David Littleproud MP announced 102 Taylor Street and 91 Beardy Street as the site of the APVMA's permanent leased office in Armidale.
The Stirloch Group (Stirloch) will provide the APVMA with 2,000 square metres of A Grade quality leased office accommodation at the site. Construction of the building will commence in mid-2018, and the building is expected to be ready for the APVMA in July 2019. The APVMA will move into the building in mid-2019, once construction and fit-out is complete. The office will house approximately 150 APVMA staff.
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Site preparations by the Stirloch Group commenced at 102 Taylor Street and 91 Beardy Street in April 2018. A timeline of activities to the additional accommodation for the next six months has been developed and shows when certain milestones will take place.
A time-lapse camera has been installed on site and every three months we will be releasing footage showing the progress which has taken place.
Notable activity which has been undertaken at 102 Taylor Street so far includes:
- Approvals for construction granted by NSW Department of Heritage and Environment;
- Clearing of the site
- Breaking ground on the site
- The underground carpark has been excavated
- Concrete foundations have been laid
- Some walls have been erected.
Time-lapse building progress
Watch our Armidale regulatory centre take shape:
About the tender process
EOIs were advertised on the AusTender website and closed 28 July 2017.
Ten respondents provided submissions to the original EOI 2018-203 in July 2017, outlining 17 options across 10 sites.
The second-stage of the procurement process, a Request For Proposal (RFP), was released on 20 October 2017 and closed on 16 November 2017. Four respondents provided responses across three locations. The RFP requested an accommodation solution for 2,000 square metres of A Grade quality leased office accommodation for the APVMA. Proposals to build new buildings and to repurpose existing buildings were provided by respondents.
A detailed evaluation process concluded on 5 January 2018 and lease negotiations are well advanced.
On 9 March 2018, the APVMA signed a 15-year lease agreement (with the possibility of extensions) with the successful tenderer, the Stirloch Group (Stirloch). The lease contract with Stirloch is worth approximately $16.3 million over 15 years.
The building fit-out is funded through the relocation appropriation of $4.5 million over 3 years and will be delivered by Stirloch.
The APVMA has already entered into contracts with a range of architectural, project management and design companies supporting the build of the APVMA permanent premises in Armidale, the approximate values of which are outlined below:
Arrow Consulting – Provision of Project Management Services– Contract value = $ 275,000
JNC Consulting – Provision of concept and schematic design for architectural and engineering components of the internal fit-out of the APVMA permanent office – Contract value = $114,000 media statement available here.
Puzzle Partners – Provision of Workplace Management Services – Contract value = $166,540
Announcement of the successful tender is anticipated for early 2018.