Charles Darwin University city campus delivers local jobs

Local businesses are set to benefit from the latest Precinct contracts.

Local jobs are set to flow from the next phase of construction of the Charles Darwin University (CDU) Education and Community Precinct in Darwin’s Central Business District, with Territory-based contractors appointed for design and construction works.

Building the world-class university campus is expected to provide a $600 million boost to the Darwin economy over a 30-year period.

Construction of the precinct will create 730 jobs and provide a long-term boost to local businesses like cafés, restaurants, bars and retail stores by attracting an influx of students and visitors.”

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said it was critical that the city deal project provided a high level of local participation in the design and construction of the precinct.

“This is one of the most significant and unique construction projects to be undertaken in Darwin in recent times,” Mr Tudge said.

“As a project under the Darwin City Deal, local industry participation is a key priority to ensure and maximise benefits for Territory businesses and workers.

Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Michael Gunner said the precinct would be a major win for the Darwin economy.

“Local companies means local jobs – and we will see the economic benefits flow within the Territory.

“We want to get people into the guts of the city, and this project will do just that – while keeping Territorians in work along the way.

“Already local engineers, architects, town planners and tradespeople have benefitted from the project and this will increase further as construction ramps up over the coming months.”

Senator for the Northern Territory, Dr Sam McMahon said the precinct is the centrepiece of the Darwin City Deal, bringing together culture, education and urban living.

“Construction of the CDU city campus is a great example of a partnership between governments and the community to work towards a shared vision for productive and liveable cities,” Senator McMahon said.

“Getting on with the job of building city-shaping infrastructure like this for the Territory is important now more than ever, as we support jobs and stimulate the local economy as we recover from the pandemic.”

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said the university had worked with the Australian and Northern Territory governments through the City Deal to maximise the opportunities for local businesses.

“One of the key evaluation criteria for this contract required tenderers to demonstrate how their bids made maximum use of local consultants, contractors and suppliers,” Professor Maddocks said.

CDU has appointed Darwin construction company Halikos Pty Ltd for the first phase of the precinct’s construction and local architectural firm Mode Design Corp Pty Ltd as Principal Design Consultant (PDC).

“We are pleased to see local company Halikos awarded the first phase construction contract as they will be a key partner in our vision to help revitalise the city centre and secure the future of CDU,” Professor Maddocks said.

“The PDC will also work to broad principles aimed at creating modern learning facilities that will attract new students domestically and from overseas to study in a building that uses the latest green technology and science.”

This contract with Halikos covers work to finalise design development and provision of the Phase 2 contract for the construction and fit-out of the new building, including the two-level underground carpark, landscaping and public open spaces.

The PDC will be responsible for all aspects of the detailed design of the project.

The City Deal is a joint initiative of the Australian and Northern Territory governments and the City of Darwin.

The Darwin City Deal Implementation Plan is available at  www.infrastructure.gov.au/cities/city-deals/darwin

Letter to residents and businesses about ECP site excavation works

Dear Resident/Neighbour/Business

This letter is to inform you that main construction works for the Education and Community Precinct (ECP) are set to begin shortly. The project is located on the site of the former carpark bounded by Cavenagh St and Woods St and Garramilla Boulevard.

The ECP project is being delivered by Charles Darwin University (CDU) in partnership with the Australian

Government and the Northern Territory Government as a major component of the Darwin City Deal. City Deals are a partnership between governments and the community to work towards a shared vision for productive and livable cities.

The ECP will feature modern and flexible teaching and research facilities while also being home to an integrated CDU and Northern Territory Library, an art gallery and public open space.

The first phase of ECP construction will comprise excavation works on the site. Local firm DTA Contractors has been appointed to undertake this work.

The ECP project team would like to draw the attention of residents and neighbours to the approved construction working hours provided for in the project’s development permit. The approved hours are:

  • Monday to Saturday – 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Sundays & public holidays – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Where required, trained traffic control staff will be provided to direct traffic.

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. We will continue to stay in touch and update you of any key project events as the works progress.

If you have any questions or comments, please direct these as follows:

  • Working hours T: 1800 973 329
  • After hours emergency: CDU Security T: 8946 7777.

For further information please visit W: educationcommunityprecinct.cdu.edu.au

The CDU team is excited to work with the community to deliver this new state-of-the-art education development that will serve the Darwin community for generations to come.

Yours faithfully,

The Education and Community Precinct Project Team.

Ground-works to commence on CDU’s city campus

ECP ground breaking

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks and Senator for the Northern Territory, Dr Sam McMahon mark construction commencing on the Education and Community Precinct.

The transformation of Darwin’s city centre is officially underway with construction commencing today on the $250 million Education and Community Precinct with Charles Darwin University (CDU).

The precinct is the centerpiece of the Darwin City Deal and will include state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, an art gallery and a library.

The project will support hundreds of local jobs and has already ploughed financial stimulus into the NT economy through project contracts awarded to local companies.

NT business, DTA Contractors, will begin work on the precinct after winning the contract for site works and main building excavation, supporting up to 18 contractors working on site.

The precinct will create 350 on-site jobs and a further 380 jobs across the supply chain through to 2024, making it one of the biggest building projects undertaken in Darwin during recent times.

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the start of construction activity means jobs and an economic boost for Darwin.

“Not only will this precinct provide invaluable education opportunities for generations, it will deliver economic benefits now and into the future for the NT,” Mr Tudge said.

“It will create unprecedented avenues for locals in the construction industry as well as architects and building engineers.”

Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Michael Gunner said this is just another part of our work to make sure the Territory bounces back strong after the coronavirus crisis.

“Getting major projects started as fast as possible allows for jobs to be created now, and for local businesses to be supported now,” Mr Gunner said.

Senator for the Northern Territory, Dr Sam McMahon said the City Deal was a joint initiative of the Australian and Northern Territory governments and the City of Darwin.

“The Australian Government’s decision to bring forward $74.8 million has enabled the excavation works to begin this year,” Senator McMahon said.

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said the awarding of the contract and breaking ground was a significant step forward for the project.

“This is the culmination of several years of work in collaboration with our partners,” Professor Maddocks said.

“This facility will build on our ability to meet future student demands while offering a state-of-the-art Education and Community Precinct for the Darwin community to come together and share ideas.”

Professor Maddocks said CDU had worked with the Australian and Northern Territory Governments through the City Deal process to maximise the opportunities for local businesses.

DTA Contractors Managing Director David Divilly, said the excavation contract would provide work for about 18 people.

“This work means I can keep my staff numbers up. You need a flow of projects to maintain staff levels and this excavation job means we can keep the team together, which might have been hard without it,” Mr Divilly said.

The Darwin City Deal Implementation Plan is available at  www.infrastructure.gov.au/cities/city-deals/darwin.

Excavation jobs for locals at CDU campus

Excavation contract

DTA Contractors Site Engineer and CDU Civil Engineering Honours graduate, Mo Alsaleh with the DTA team about to start excavation for the Education and Community Precinct on Cavenagh Street. The precinct will create 350 on-site jobs and 380 jobs across the economy.

A Northern Territory company has been awarded the excavation contract for Darwin’s new Charles Darwin University campus.

The announcement means that construction of the $250 million Education and Community Precinct will soon kick off.

NT company DTA Contractors won the tender, worth approximately $2 million.

DTA contractors will be responsible for excavation of the building’s two-level basement on the Cavenagh Street site.

The centrepiece of the Darwin City Deal, the precinct will include state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, while also housing an art gallery and library.

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said sourcing local expertise was critical for the project and for the NT economy.

“Providing job opportunities to locals in the construction field, such as architects and building engineers, was a top priority,” Mr Tudge said.

“So far all the on-site works have been carried out by local businesses and more than 30 per cent of the design work has also been carried out by local firms.”

Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Michael Gunner said this was part of the Territory’s jobs-led recovery from the coronavirus crisis.

“This project will make 730 jobs available during construction and create an estimated 54 ongoing jobs every year. The excavation itself will see a peak of 18 contractors working on site, with all sub-contracts needing to be locally sourced,” Mr Gunner said.

“This facility is expected to boost the Darwin economy by $600 million over a 30-year period, keeping local businesses working and cash flowing in the community.”

Senator for the Northern Territory Dr Sam McMahon said the project was on track.

“Excavation is expected to start in mid-October once the necessary approvals have been obtained,” Senator McMahon said.

“We expect the excavation will take about four months to complete once underway.”

CDU Acting Vice-Chancellor Meredith Parry said the Precinct secures CDU’s future.

“The precinct is an investment in creating the standard of facilities that make studying at CDU attractive to Territorians, students from other parts of Australia and from overseas,” Mrs Parry said.

“If CDU is to grow and continue to offer the chance for Territorians to pursue further education, and to realise the opportunities that this growth creates, CDU needs to be able to offer not only the teaching students require, but also the learning experience and facilities they expect.

“The new Precinct meets the needs of students who want to be able to work, learn and earn in one location. The new facility will also benefit part time students, many of whom work in the city, in juggling the demands of work and study.”

DTA will be required to manage the trees onsite and ensure compliance with the Tree Protection Plan and mandatory liaison with the dedicated site arborist.

DTA will also ensure waste is identified and disposed of in accordance with the relevant regulations and implement the necessary storm water and traffic management plans.

The City Deal is a joint initiative of the Australian and Northern Territory governments and the City of Darwin.

The Darwin City Deal Implementation Plan is available at  www.infrastructure.gov.au/cities/city-deals/darwin.

Design tender for Education and Community Precinct goes live

CDU is advertising for a Principal Design Consultant to progress the Education and Community Precinct through the design development and construction documentation phases.

CDU is advertising for a Principal Design Consultant to progress the Education and Community Precinct through the design development and construction documentation phases.

Charles Darwin University (CDU) has released the latest tender for the design of the $250 million Education and Community Precinct, a key element of the Darwin City Deal.

The 32,000-square-metre, seven-level project has moved through the masterplan, concept design and scheme design phases.

CDU is now advertising for a Principal Design Consultant and sub-consultants to progress the project through the design development and construction documentation phases.

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said it was a major multi-million dollar contract that would span three years of work until the project was complete.

“That means jobs opportunities for architects and building engineers, but also highly specialised skills such as wind engineering, acoustics and wayfinding,” Mr Tudge said.

“Every local job we support means one less worry for another Australian and their family, more reliable work on the books for local companies and more cash flowing through local businesses and communities doing it tough due to COVID-19.

Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Michael Gunner said the Principal Design Consultant would need to have a strong presence in Darwin, continuing the Deal’s focus of creating local jobs using local businesses.

“Construction of this new precinct is expected to support 700 jobs and I want the majority of those jobs going to locals,” Mr Gunner said.

“The Territory is the nation’s comeback capital and will emerge from the coronavirus crisis with a jobs-led recovery.

“We threw the kitchen sink at saving jobs, and now we are on the road to recovery we will keep doing it with jobs.”

Senator for the Northern Territory Dr Sam McMahon welcomed the news, saying the new campus would be a game-changer for Darwin.

“Building this world-class university campus is also expected to provide a $600 million boost to the Darwin economy over a 30-year period, create an estimated 54 ongoing jobs every year and provide a long-term boost to local businesses,” Senator McMahon said.

“Through this City Deal, we are emphasising some of the best this great city has to offer while creating sustainable infrastructure and jobs to stimulate the local economy.

“That’s exactly what this precinct will do, by attracting more students to the city and allow the University to provide even more specialised courses.

“This means even more people will get a taste of what makes Darwin a great place to live, study and work and I am excited to see this major tender go out.”

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said the tender also outlined design principles that will help create contemporary learning spaces in an iconic building designed to incorporate the latest environmental technology and science.

“Principles include how to activate the precinct’s street fronts, creating safe and welcoming pedestrian links and how the use of small retail spaces, community activity zones, attractive seating and building entries can make a positive visitor experience,” Professor Maddocks said.

“Another principle covers how landscaping could create green walls as well as attractive and environmentally sustainable landscaping at ground level.

“The new Principal Design Consultant will be encouraged to engage with the Darwin Living Lab (DLL) and its work when developing heat mitigation, energy efficiency and smart building measures, as the new precinct represents an ideal opportunity to further our knowledge on these measures.”

The City Deal is a joint initiative of the Australian and Northern Territory governments and the City of Darwin.

The Darwin City Deal Implementation Plan is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/cities/city-deals/darwin.

Charles Darwin University contract boosts local jobs

Precinct hoarding

TK Constructions Director, Thomas Kelly and SHAPE Australia Project Manager, Nathan Whitfield inspect plans for the site hoarding of the Education and Community Precinct. SHAPE Australia are installing signage and hoarding with its local contactor, Darwin company TK Constructions.

A local Darwin company has kicked off work on the site for Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) new Education and Community Precinct.

Shape Australia won a $200,000 contract to install hoardings and signage on site.

Its five-strong local team form part of the 730 jobs supported during construction, which includes 350 jobs on-site and 380 jobs across the supply chain.

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said site preparations would quickly pave the way for construction on the CDU precinct.

“With communities and businesses right across the nation reeling from the impacts of COVID-19, we know that every single construction job we can support will make a world of difference,” Mr Tudge said.

“Building this world-class university campus is also expected to provide a $600 million boost to the Darwin economy over a 30-year period and create an estimated 54 ongoing jobs every year.

“It will make Darwin even more alive than it already is, boosting local businesses like cafés, restaurants, bars and retail stores by attracting an influx of students and visitors.”

The Morrison Government fast-tracked $74.8 million to bring forward construction on the new precinct.

The precinct was designed to create a hive of activity in the Darwin CBD with centrepiece of the precinct a new state-of-the-art CDU city campus to promote Darwin as a centre of excellence for education in Northern Australia while delivering a better, more seamless student experience.

It will also bring together library and community facilities to establish a dynamic and engaging hub in the heart of the city for locals to enjoy.

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks welcomed the news, saying the precinct was critical to the university’s future success.

“This precinct will help us meet future student demands while offering a state-of-the-art learning facility for the Darwin community to come together and share ideas,” Professor Maddocks said.

“This announcement builds on the momentum achieved by the recent approval of a $151.5 million loan from the Australian Government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility to secure the expansion of our Darwin campus.

“I look forward to seeing this new piece of our university take shape, with construction expected to be complete in time for the 2024 academic year.”

The City Deal is a joint initiative of the Australian and Northern Territory governments and the City of Darwin.

 

NAIF-loan-announcement

NAIF loan to CDU expansion receives full approval

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CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks, Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt and NAIF CEO Chris Wade on site at the announcement in Darwin.

Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) expansion plans have moved forward, with the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) fully approving a loan up to $151.5 million to support the university’s growth.

NAIF’s Investment Decision, which has been approved by the Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt, will enable the Darwin City Deal’s Education and Community Precinct to progress, comprising:

  • a new CDU city campus, and
  • a central city library (co-locating parts of existing libraries at CDU and NTG) 

NAIF’s loan is in addition to $97 million already committed by the Commonwealth Government through the Darwin City Deal initiative.

Around 730 jobs will be created during the construction phase including on-site and off-site works.

A public benefit assessment forecast that this project will produce net benefits to the Darwin economy of $599m over a 30-year period through increased urbanisation and economic activity. It is also forecast to support an additional 54 jobs a year in the Darwin economy.    

NAIF CEO Chris Wade said: “NAIF was an early supporter of CDU’s exciting plans, granting a conditional approval last November, and we are delighted the loan has now received full approval.

“The Northern Territory Government Economic Development Framework forecasts there will be 10,000 international students studying in the Territory by 2025 and this new precinct will help the university cater to a significant number of those students. The increase in workers and students will generate more business activity and bolster the local economy.”  

Construction of the new Precinct will start this year and is expected to be completed in time for the 2024 academic year. 

NAIF first provided conditional approval of the loan in November 2019. 

NAIF’s support for CDU comes at a critical time for the Northern Territory economy and will help support the growth in tertiary education in the region for years to come.

In the Northern Territory, NAIF is providing nearly $800m in loans through Investment Decisions and conditional approvals to infrastructure projects, supporting over 1,500 jobs.

NAIF Darwin city deals

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility $150m secures Education Civic Precinct

NAIF Darwin city deals
From left: Darwin Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis, CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks, Minister for Northern Australia Senator Matt Canavan and Chief Minister Michael Gunner announcing funding for CDU’s new CBD campus

Charles Darwin University and the City of Darwin have welcomed the commitment from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility of a $150 million loan, which will enable the City Deal’s Education and Civic Precinct to progress.

The partners of the City Deal today inspected the site which will incorporate a new CDU city campus, a central city library (co-locating parts of existing libraries at CDU, COD and NTG) and a Darwin civic centre.  

The $150 million loan is in addition to $97 million already committed by the Commonwealth Government through the City Deals program.

“A $250 million development on this site is a game changer for the future of CDU and the Darwin CBD,” said CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks.

In partnership with COD and NTG a draft masterplan for the site, on the corner of Cavanagh Street and Garramilla Boulevard, has been developed.

The masterplan stipulates the precinct will be:

  • Iconic and vibrant
  • A world-class student experience
  • Green with innovative tropical architecture and cooling
  • Welcoming and connected at street level
  • Reflective of Larrakia Country and inclusive of diverse cultures.

At the heart of the precinct will stand the heritage-listed boab tree, which was planted in the late 1800s to provide shade in the first Darwin school yard. 

“The tree will provide a physical link to the long-standing use of the site as an education precinct,” Professor Maddocks said.

Every aspect of design of the new precinct must consider the boab, including heights of buildings, proximity of buildings and the underground car park. This will ensure the tree continues to receive maximum sunlight, water and drainage. 

Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis said: “The City Deal partnership has provided a unique opportunity for all levels of government to work together to develop a project that will attract people to the city centre, support our local economy and establish Darwin as a place to live, learn and visit.”

“When the precinct is complete, people will drive up Garramilla Boulevard or walk along Cavanagh Street and when they see this precinct will think – ‘wow!’  It will be different from anything else in Darwin,” he said.

The precinct will take three years to complete, with expressions of interest currently open for detailed concept design.

“With modern, competitive infrastructure in the CBD we’re confident our international enrolments will grow by 500 students to 2500 by the time the city campus is open in February 2024,” Professor Maddocks said.

“By 2028 our projections show this number doubling to 5000 students – all living, studying, working and playing in the CBD.  The impact of this growth on the NT economy has been estimated at $250 million over 15 years,” he said.

To find out more, read the CDU Education and Civic Precinct factsheet.

EOI opens for CDU City Campus development

Vice Chancellor, Professor Simon Maddocks said contractors can now register for the tender panel for the construction of CDU’s City campus.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for organisations wishing to tender on the design and development of the Darwin Education and Civic Precinct.

The development is a centrepiece initiative of the Darwin City Deal between the City of Darwin, Northern Territory and Australian governments and Charles Darwin University (CDU).

The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics is supporting CDU in the process.

The development, on the Cavenagh Street Car Park site, aims to give CDU a presence in the heart of Darwin City. The development objectives are:

  • An opportunity to showcase an iconic building that is environmentally sustainable using the latest technology and environmental science
  • A sustainable partnership, benefitting the university, industry, community and government by providing an opportunity to interact directly at many levels to foster greater interaction and synergy
  • To create contemporary learning spaces and places that will attract new students from overseas as well as provide an urban campus experience
  • A vibrant precinct that contributes to the local economy, and helps revitalise the city centre through new construction, building confidence for new investment as well as bringing new jobs and student/staff activity into the city centre

CDU Vice Chancellor, Professor Simon Maddocks said he was pleased to have reached the point where contractors can now register for the tender panel.

“We have been working closely with the Northern Territory Government and the City of Darwin to complete the remaining tasks before construction can begin,” Professor Maddocks said.

“We are now calling for contractors to be part of a short-listed panel that we will use for formal tenders for construction work.

“This process will identify the capacity and credentials of the contractors that go forward to the panel. This will help us get packages of work contracted and underway in the most efficient way possible,” he said.

The EOI closes on 18 December 2019.

Professor Maddocks said the state-of-the-art facilities provided through the new campus and its location in the heart of the Darwin CBD, together with the opportunities created for redevelopment of some of the Casuarina campus, would provide a positive stimulus to student and staff amenities.

“This represents the future for an important part of CDU for generations to come and will give domestic and international students the work, study and accommodation options they are looking for,” Professor Maddocks said.