In being awarded the contract, Group GSA will control the function design, business case, detailed design and documentation of works identified for the redevelopment.
In May 2018, Council released four designs for extensive public and stakeholder consultation. In September that year, Council endorsed Option 4 with a preliminary estimated total implementation cost of $16M.
The design work will begin in September 2019 and is expected to run to early-mid 2020.
Council will conduct consultation during the design stage on aspects that affect the public and traders, including potential implementation staging. Construction of the redevelopment is subject to funding.
Council Deputy Mayor Cr Shelley Sutton said Council undertook an extensive and vigorous tender process to select the design consultant.
“Council is extremely pleased that the Detailed Design and the development of a business case will now progress,” Cr Sutton said.
“Group GSA was the highest scoring tenderer after detailed assessment against the evaluation criteria, and reinforced its suitability for the project during the presentation and interview process.
Cr Sutton said the $499,950 contract awarded to Group GSA for the design and business case aligned with the adopted concept plan (Option 4) of the Maude Street Mall Precinct Redevelopment.
“The Group GSA tender includes the use of local subcontractors including engineering and survey components, and the team a demonstrated track record in delivering similar projects for regional and metropolitan areas.
“Council looks forward to working with Group GSA during the design of the redevelopment.”