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. 

Stirloch Developments Pty Ltd (Stirloch) is providing the APVMA with 2,000 square metres of A Grade quality leased office accommodation at the site. Construction of the building commenced 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.

Design concepts

View of front entrance for APVMA offices in Armidale

Aerial contextual view of the APVMA premises in Armidale

floor plan (1st floor) and carpark plan for APVMA Armidale office

Existing/Demo plan of the premises where the APVMA Armidale office will be built.

Basement plan for the APVMA office in Armidale.

Ground floor plan for the APVMA office in Armidale

Level 1 floor plan for the APVMA office in Armidale

Beardy street elevations for the APVMA Armidale office

Side and back elevations for the APVMA offices in Armidale

Conceptual external design for the APVMA office in Armidale

Conceptual external plan for APVMA Armidale office - side

Section plans for the APVMA office in Armidale

Grand floor and level one GFA plan for the APVMA Armidale office

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Construction progress

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 shows the visual progress of construction at our future Armidale office.

Time-lapse building progress

Watch our Armidale regulatory centre take shape:

Notable activity from October 2018 to January 2019 includes:

  • Installation of the ground plumbing for first floor amenities
  • Waterproofed wet areas
  • Installed the lift, fire stairs and internal stairs
  • Installed the external doors
  • Installed windows on ground and first floor
  • Started internal plastering to ground floor.

Notable activity undertaken from July to October 2018 includes:

  • The structural steel work for the basement
  • All in-ground plumbing for ground floor amenities
  • Suspended slabs for ground floor and first floor
  • Ground floor walls have been erected
  • Construction of the ramp to basement.

Notable activity undertaken from May to July 2018 includes:

  • 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.

About the tender process

In July 2017, we invited Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified and experienced providers to supply 2,000 square metres of quality office accommodation available for the agency to fit-out, or with the option for integrated fit-out of a new building, in time for a staged relocation by July 2019. 
The EOI specified the premises must be located in Armidale City, within a 10 kilometre radius of the University of New England. The EOI also outlined requirements for high level staff amenities, access to public transport, energy efficiency, environmental construction and compliance with Commonwealth security requirements.

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.

On 9 March 2018, the APVMA signed a 15-year lease agreement (with the possibility of extensions) with the successful tenderer, Stirloch Development Pty Ltd (Stirloch). The lease contract with Stirloch is worth approximately $16.4 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 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.


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