Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews and Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino, have announced the shortlisting of two out of six bidding consortia for a 13+-schools public-private partnership (PPP) project as well as the expedited start of construction for the Mernda P-12 primary school – which will commence in the first half of this year.
The newly instituted government is keen to relieve the state’s overcrowded and under-resourced schooling system and, just two months into power, has expanded the scope of the project by requesting bidders to price and design the secondary school components of Mernda-Central P-12 and Bannockburn P-12, two additions to the original project.
The two consortia shortlisted are: Learning Communities Victoria, comprised of London-based infrastructure investment manager Amber Infrastructure, Brisbane-based EPC group Watpac and Melbourne-based maintenance facility manager Spotless; and Plenary Schools, comprising Melbourne-based investor-developer-operator Plenary Group, Melbourne-based EPC Hansen Yuncken and Chicago-based investment manager DTZ.
The Victoria government has promised to allocate $223 million of public funding to support private sector investments in the transaction.
Request for Proposal tender documents will be released to the two shortlisted bidders this month, with the successful bidder expected to start construction by late 2015.
The 13 schools will open across the 2017 and 2018 school years.