$7m for PM’s office building in Fiji

Budget 2020-2021. Picture: FILE

The beneficiaries of the construction of the Prime Minister’s office building will be “first and foremost the people of Fiji”.

This is stated in the expression of interest documents released by the Ministry of Economy on the construction of the Prime Minister’s office building project.

Government has allocated $7 million in the 2020-2021 budget for this project.

“The Ministry of Economy recognises that there is a need to have a dedicated office complex to provide all the required services suitable for the office of the Prime Minister,” states the expression of interest document.

“It is expected that the office will be able to provide more effective, co-ordinated and efficient service delivery to all of its clients.”

The expression of interest reveals the scope of work as the new building will approximately be 4600m2 in size over five levels incorporating administration and office space, Cabinet chambers and associated support spaces.

Works will also include demolition, piling, sub ground car-parking structure, heritage facade preservation and restoration and minor buildings and services structures.

“The expected output from this project is the provision of an integrated complex that will address the current needs of the office, future demands of service delivery, via a modern facility with capacity and compatibility to modern technology.

“The beneficiaries of the project are first and foremost the people of Fiji and secondly the staff in terms of better working environment and conditions.”

The expression of interest states the appointed contractor will not undermine “the attached building architecture as the building attached to the proposed complex is listed as heritage”.

The upgrade is necessary and must be completed prior to the end of 2022, states the expression of interest that closes on August 19.

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