Port Lincoln council awards stadium works contract
26 September 2018
Port Lincoln City Council has announced the construction contractor for its leisure centre stadium expansion, with construction set for completion mid next year.
The council confirmed on Tuesday that South Australian based company Unique Urban Built Pty Ltd have been appointed as construction contractor for the stadium expansion.
This will be the third and final stage of the $9.41 million redevelopment of the Port Lincoln Regional Leisure Centre, which is jointly funded by the Australian Government and the council.
The stadium expansion will include a new indoor sports court with space for spectator seating, an outdoor half court for basketball and three squash courts with movable walls to provide a flexible space.
Site establishment works are planned to start in late September and construction is scheduled for completion in June next year.
Port Lincoln mayor Bruce Green said the latest news was another step forward for the project as a whole.
“The appointment of Unique Urban Built brings us closer to delivering a fully refreshed and expanded community facility that will meet the future needs of Port Lincoln and the region,” he said.
Unique Urban Built has delivered large construction projects across regional South Australia and has committed to maximising the use of local contractors for the project.
For the council’s tender evaluation process, one part required the company to submit a regionally focused industry participation plan to identify each tenderer’s proposed use of local and Eyre Peninsula trade contractors.
The contractor will also have reporting requirements during construction to ensure it meets the agreed commitments to engage local trades and suppliers.
The council will be working with stakeholders to ensure the planned stadium expansion works does not adversely impact its use by sporting and community groups and that it can be available for use by as many groups as possible.
Access to the gymnasium will be maintained throughout construction and the council will work with Unique Urban Built to minimise disruption to the basketball stadium until after the summer basketball season.
In September last year the council revised its concept plan for the expansion, reducing the initial two-court scope to include only one new basketball court to avoid going over budget.