Bennett Constructions appointed as Managing Contractor

Lismore City Council has appointed local company, Bennett Constructions, as the Managing Contractor for the next stage of the city’s recovery and rebuild.

Lismore City Council’s Chief Operating Officer Brendan Logan said following the February 2022 natural disaster, work to date had focused on emergency and immediate restoration works on all of Council’s buildings and facilities.

“After completing these works, Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Bennett Constructions as Managing Contractor to complete a next stage of the city’s rebuild,” he said.

More than 250 Council assets were damaged during the February 2022 natural disaster and the following month’s major flood. Initial inspections immediately after the natural disaster estimated the damage to all Council assets including buildings, roads and sewerage was half a billion dollars. This could change as more detailed inspections is undertaken in the second stage of recovery.

“Bennett will design, manage, coordinate and deliver flood restoration works for the majority of the civic buildings that were damaged during the disaster,” Mr Logan said.

He said the Managing Contractor delivery model differed from a simple Construct only model as it involves a two-stage arrangement where Council will pay Bennett for project development costs (scoping, design, procurement of subcontractors and cost estimation). This will be followed by an assessment of a proposal from Bennett for delivery of the construction scope.

“Council chose the delivery model to progress our next stage of the rebuild while we still confirm the full scope, risks, constraints and opportunities,” Mr Logan said.

“This model allows for maximum design flexibility while also providing greater oversight in monitoring the prices charged by subcontractors, in order to meet funding obligations with State and Federal governments.”

Mr Logan said subcontracting will be competitively tendered by the Managing Contractor. Selection of subcontractors will be done in consultation between Council and Bennett.

“Development of the individual projects has commenced and Council will be liaising with user groups during this period,” he said.

“At this stage, we do not have firm timeframes for the reconstruction of specific buildings but will let the community know as soon as we can. In the meantime, Council would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding as we undertake this mammoth reconstruction task.”

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