Plans for the Gosford Regional Library are forging ahead, with Central Coast Council resolving to combine the tender for demolition and the tender for construction into one.
Council believes this will improve the selection process for a suitable contractor to undertake the works.
The two tenders for the building at 123A Donnison St, Gosford, will be combined to enable remediation works associated with the building demolition to be incorporated into the main construction contract.
“It is currently expected that a two-stage procurement process – Expression of Interest followed by Request for Tender – will be released in early October 2021,” Council said.
“The overall project remains on track for completion in early 2024.”
The project is fully funded from a combination of Federal grant funding, a former Gosford Council special rate variation, developer contributions and proceeds from the sale of Kibbleplex, the old shopping centre on the corner of Henry Parry Dr between William and Donnison Sts.
The project has incurred delays to the original timeline and as a result a variation to funding milestones has been submitted to the Federal Department.
The project is being managed by a formal gated Council approval process which requires formal approval before each phase of the project starts.
“In order to comply with the variation submitted to the Federal Grant Funding body, it is imperative that Council proceed with the tender process for contract immediately,” Council said.
It believes the library is set to become a central meeting point for locals and visitors alike, creating a true drawcard to the city centre.
“The Coast’s first regional library will include a dedicated library space, Council customer service centre, library administration, meeting rooms, flexible function spaces and community maker/creator, collaboration and innovation spaces over four levels,” Council said.
At the Council meeting on August 10, Administrator Rik Hart approved the tender changes and asked Community and Recreational Director Julie Vaughan if temporary arrangements for customer services accommodation would be made if their current workplace, Gosford Council Chambers, is sold before the library is built.
The council building is one of a number of assets up for sale.
Vaughan said yes but gave no details.
However, she said the library development application would be submitted to the planning department this week.
The project is currently at the detailed design phase and community members can head to Council’s website to experience a video walk-through of the design for the new Gosford Regional Library.
Agenda, Central Coast Council meeting, Aug 10
Media release, Aug 10
Central Coast Council