Tender let to build theatre
Robinson Construction has won the tender process to build the new ASB Civic Theatre in Blenheim, beating off stiff competition from two national companies.
Civic Theatre Trust chairman Kevin Moseley said the trust was completing negotiations with Robinsons and expected the building contract to be signed next week.
They were trying to work out which added extras, or the "bells and whistles stuff", the trust could afford in their $17.5 million budget, Mr Moseley said.
Anything that didn't make the list would eventually be included in the build and paid for through further fundraising, he said.
Community contributions had already reached $3.5 million and Mr Moseley expected people would be pleased that a Marlborough construction company was involved.
"It's going to be a big addition to the landscape of our town and it's terrific that it's going to be a truly Marlborough project. You can't imagine what a big relief that is for us."
Four tenders were received, two from Marlborough firms - Robinson Construction and T & D Construction (Thompson & Devanny) - and two from national companies - Mainzeal and Naylor and Love Construction.
Robinson Construction owner Phil Robinson said he was excited to be the preferred tenderer.
"It's a fantastic project, one of the biggest ones we've embarked on. We worked really hard to secure the job, putting a lot of time and effort in to secure our bid."
He expected construction to start in a couple of months and take about 20 months to complete.
"We've got a bit of work to do on the specs of the job and then we'll be under way."
Robinson Construction Ltd were in the process of employing more staff to help with their existing contracts, like the new Pak'n Save supermarket and a new cultural centre for Rangitane at Grovetown.
They have previously been involved in other large projects in the region, including Brancott Estate Heritage Centre, Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 and Bunnings Warehouse at Westwood.
The new theatre is to be built in Hutcheson St, next to the Clubs of Marlborough building, alongside the Taylor River.
- The Marlborough Express