Two short-listed for $200m school jobs

JODY O'CALLAGHAN
Last updated 05:00 30/07/2014

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The Education Ministry is down to two private contenders in the race to build four schools for $200 million before 2018.

The tender process for building Aranui Community School and Rolleston Secondary School in Canterbury, Queenstown's Wakatipu High School and a yet-to-be-announced Auckland school is down to two consortiums, one lead by South African investment bank Investec and the other by Wellington's Morrison and Co leading a consortium called Future Schools.

The Investec consortium includes construction company Naylor Love Construction, Opus Architecture as the lead designer, and facilities management provided by Spotless Facilities.

Future Schools consortium led by infrastructure investors and managers Morrison and Co includes construction firmHawkins Group, ASC Architects as the lead designer, and facilities management provided by Programmed Facility Management.

Final bids would be submitted in October. The Canterbury and Auckland schools are scheduled to open in January 2017, and Wakatipu High in January 2018.

Ministry head of infrastructure Kim Shannon said the four schools were to be built using a public-private partnership procurement model.

The building design, construction and financing would be the responsibility of a private team of sponsors, builders, architects, and facilities managers.

The contract for the successful tender would include property maintenance for 25 years, "leaving school leaders to focus on raising student achievement". In other state schools, the school itself was responsible for property maintenance.

"Based on national and international experience and lessons learnt from the ministry's first PPP at Hobsonville Pt primary and secondary schools, we expect the second partnership has an estimated cost savings of between 2 per cent to 8 per cent over the 25-year period," Shannon said.

The ministry estimated the cost of construction and maintenance for the project to be more than $200m, paid to the private partner quarterly, with this payment reduced if the school facilities did not meet the standards specified in the contract.

She was "delighted" with the high quality of those tendering, who would proceed to the next stage.

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