Govt rebuild contracts worth millions

MICHAEL BERRY
Last updated 05:00 23/01/2013

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Government contracts worth millions of dollars have been awarded already for earthquake recovery projects, with more up for grabs.

Tenders already let and to come include everything from looking after the abandoned properties of the red zone to supplying millions of litres of paint to the Earthquake Commission (EQC).

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment have put out the lion's share of rebuild tenders.

However, there have been several recovery-driven contracts put on the government tenders website, gets.govt.nz, by other agencies as well.

Services and products needed by all government departments and agencies are posted on the website to give businesses a fair chance to tender for contracts and to ensure the Crown gets the best deal possible. Since the quakes, Cera has put out 10 contracts ranging from red zone bus tours, to investor and philanthropic relations, as well as the tender for the development of the city blueprint.

Most of the contracts have been valued, and come to slightly more than $2 million.

However, a three-year contract with a panel of gardening companies to maintain the residential red zone is unvalued. Another long-term contract, with Deloitte Christchurch for the creation and support of a programme management office within Cera, does not give a value either.

A Cera spokesman said it was difficult to give values for contracts because many would depend on the final volume of work and possible extensions.

There would be a probable ramp-up of tenders let by the agency in the next six months as the Christchurch Central Development Unit blueprint anchor projects and other jobs moved forward, he said.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has awarded two contracts for the supply of millions of litres of paint and millions of square metres of plasterboard for the EQC's home repair programme.

Those materials will also be used for the rebuilding and repair of homes covered by Southern Response, the Government-owned liabilities of AMI Insurance. The paint contract alone is expected to run to about $85m of product.

According to the tender services, two more materials contracts - one for boards, panels and concrete articles, the other for joinery and carpentry services and products - are in the pipeline. They have been roughly valued at more than $10m each.

Tenders for the rebuild of Halswell School and the building of Pegasus School, worth about $10m each, are also indicated to be in the pipeline.

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Furniture removal companies are being canvassed to create a contractor register for the project managers managing the repair and rebuild of houses in the EQC programme and Southern Response. About 10,500 home removals will be needed in the next three to four years at a cost of about $25m.

This month the Ministry of Health appealed for project managers to drive the redevelopment of Christchurch and Burwood hospitals and Cera has put the master plan of the city blueprint's health precinct out to tender.

Land Information New Zealand has asked for responses to its plan for collating Canterbury spatial property and geotechnical data into a digital system.

- The Press

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