Gunnedah council to seek fresh tenders for pool upgrade

Gunnedah High School students at their swimming carnival at the Gunnedah pool on Friday. The pool complex is due for a $7.8 million upgrade.

Gunnedah High School students at their swimming carnival at the Gunnedah pool on Friday. The pool complex is due for a $7.8 million upgrade.

Fresh tenders for the Gunnedah Memorial Pool Complex Upgrade Project will be sought after only one tender was received for the $7.8 million project.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Gunnedah Shire Council decided to seek fresh tenders and quotations for the proposed works from suitably qualified contractors for the works outside the standard tender process. The lack of competitive tenders and the need to obtain the best value for money for the community were cited as reasons for not accepting the tender received.

General Manager, Eric Groth said Council would now source prices from appropriately qualified contractors for the project.

“Council’s decision means we are able to negotiate with contractors and evaluate quotations for individual elements of the project to ensure that the community receives a quality outcome at the best price” Mr Groth said.

Council’s architect GHD and the project management team will now directly seek quotations from construction firms and pool specialists for the works.

“New prices will be obtained for the overall project as well as specific construction elements to allow council to fully evaluate the costs,” Mr Groth said.

It is anticipated that the new tendering and quotation process will take eight weeks to complete.

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