Alpine energised about new home
A purpose-built $12 million home for Alpine Energy and lines company Netcon is set to be built on the company's current site in Washdyke.
Alpine Energy chief executive Andrew Tombs said the build would include a two-storey 3000 square metre administrative building, a communications tower, yard operations for Netcon and extra parking facilities.
"While the building is industrial in nature, it is also modern with its use of open and shared meeting spaces, ensuring staff will work in a comfortable, efficient environment," Tombs said.
The building was scheduled for completion by early 2018. Once finished it would sit behind the existing Netcon building on the company's 5.5 hectare site off Meadows Rd.
The network company had now handed the construction site over to contractors and neighbours, Thompson Construction and Engineering, for initial earth works.
Tombs said the building would consolidate more than 170 Alpine Energy and Netcon staff and operations into one main office block. Currently staff were spread across three buildings and several portacoms on the site.
"We've also removed a number of sheds that had been on the build site, and donated them to local charitable organisations, so, where we can, we are adopting a sustainable approach to repurposing the older buildings as potentially reusable community assets."
The current Alpine Energy offices would eventually be dismantled and removed to provide additional yard space, while the existing Netcon buildings would be retained and used for training purposes.
Thompson construction and design manager John Wilson said the approach to the Alpine Energy office design had been a collaborative one.
"We've effectively taken a fairly simple, industrially-slanted concept and refined it into a modern, purpose-built landmark."
Tombs said it was pleasing to be able to use local construction expertise, supporting the company's ethos of contributing back to the community.
"In that time we've built a great working relationship with the contractor and we are all looking forward to seeing the building take shape."
Tombs said the company had also received encouraging inquiries around leasing opportunities on a 11,000sqm site beside Elginshire St. The area had been earmarked as a new light industrial park.