Construction set to begin on administration building at Council works depot

Construction of the new administration building at Orange City Council’s Works Depot in McLachlan Street is due to begin in September after the Council awarded the tender to Orange business Saran Pty Ltd.

The original administration building, built in the 1980s, was damaged by a fire in June 2019 and demolished. Staff at the depot have been operating out of temporary demountables.

Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said he was pleased the $866,507 tender went to a local company.

“From a council perspective, it’s something we’ve been pushing for a long time, to use local contractors and sub-contractors as much as we can,” Cr Reg Kidd said.

“We’ve been looking at various ways to stimulate our local economy through procurement, which means money is going back into our own economy. Local jobs also means supporting our schools and shops.”

SET TO START: Orange City Council Infrastructure Policy Committee chair Jeff Whitton, Saran Pty Ltd director Jim Saran and Orange Mayor Reg Kidd at the site of the new works depot administration building.

Orange City Council’s Buy Local Purchasing Policy gives local businesses an advantage when they submit tenders for projects, which is assessed on a number of criteria.

The administration building project received the maximum 10 per cent advantage in the multi-criteria assessment process under this policy.

Orange City Council Infrastructure Policy Committee chair Jeff Whitton said the Council received 14 tender submissions for the project, some from interstate.

“It is our priority to be mindful of the fact that we need to bring as much work back into the local community as we can,” Cr Jeff Whitton said.

Saran Pty Ltd Director Jim Saran said he expected the work would take approximately four to five months to complete.

“We’re very pleased to be awarded the contract for the project and look forward to working with Council to provide an energy-efficient building for depot staff,” Mr Saran said.

At 480 square metres, the replacement administration building will be almost twice the size of the previous building, and will provide for about 30 staff with flexible office accommodation, meeting room and conference room, kitchen, breakout areas and amenities.

The new building will be equipped with renewable and energy-efficient features such as grid-connected solar panels, rainwater tanks, and high-efficiency lighting, heating and cooling controlled by a building management system.

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