Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for organisations wishing to tender on the design and development of the Darwin Education and Civic Precinct.
The development is a centrepiece initiative of the Darwin City Deal between the City of Darwin, Northern Territory and Australian governments and Charles Darwin University (CDU).
The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics is supporting CDU in the process.
The development, on the Cavenagh Street Car Park site, aims to give CDU a presence in the heart of Darwin City. The development objectives are:
- An opportunity to showcase an iconic building that is environmentally sustainable using the latest technology and environmental science
- A sustainable partnership, benefitting the university, industry, community and government by providing an opportunity to interact directly at many levels to foster greater interaction and synergy
- To create contemporary learning spaces and places that will attract new students from overseas as well as provide an urban campus experience
- A vibrant precinct that contributes to the local economy, and helps revitalise the city centre through new construction, building confidence for new investment as well as bringing new jobs and student/staff activity into the city centre.
CDU Vice Chancellor, Professor Simon Maddocks said he was pleased to have reached the point where contractors can now register for the tender panel.
“We have been working closely with the Northern Territory Government and the City of Darwin to complete the remaining tasks before construction can begin,” Professor Maddocks said.
“We are now calling for contractors to be part of a short-listed panel that we will use for formal tenders for construction work.
“This process will identify the capacity and credentials of the contractors that go forward to the panel. This will help us get packages of work contracted and underway in the most efficient way possible,” he said.
The EOI closes on 18 December 2019.
Professor Maddocks said the state-of-the-art facilities provided through the new campus and its location in the heart of the Darwin CBD, together with the opportunities created for redevelopment of some of the Casuarina campus, would provide a positive stimulus to student and staff amenities.
“This represents the future for an important part of CDU for generations to come and will give domestic and international students the work, study and accommodation options they are looking for,” Professor Maddocks said.