Multimillion-dollar rebuild contracts

MICHAEL BERRY
Last updated 12:49 23/01/2013
Halswell School
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DEMOLITION SITE: Workers demolish an earthquake-damaged building at Halswell School in Christchurch.

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Government contracts for the rebuild of Halswell School and the building of Pegasus School, worth about $10 million each, are in the pipeline.

Contracts worth millions of dollars have been awarded for earthquake-recovery projects, with more up for grabs.

Tenders already let and to come include everything from looking after abandoned properties in 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 most rebuild tenders.

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

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.

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 central-city blueprint.

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

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 is expected to run to about $85m.

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 are also indicated to be in the pipeline.

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 through Southern Response.

About 10,500 home removals will be needed in the next three to four years at a cost of about $25m.

The Ministry of Health this month 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.

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

SOME OF THE TENDERS

- Up to $200,000: Catalyst Net, of Christchurch - hosting, development, support and advisory services for websites for a year.

- Up to $500,000: Plato Creative Design, of Christchurch - design and print services for two years.

- $1 million: Boffa Miskell for the city blueprint.

- Unvalued: Treetech, The Plant People and DPR, all of Christchurch - residential red-zone property maintenance for three years.

- Unvalued: Deloitte Christchurch - set up and support a programme management office inside Cera.

- Unvalued: Winstone Wallbaords, of Auckland, and Knauf Plasterboard of Australia - exclusive plasterboard suppliers for EQC and EQR.

- $85m: Dulux, Resene, Wattly - supply paint for the Earthquake Commission and Southern Response.

- The Press

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