A $16 million tender to build a 40-bed student accommodation facility in the old Albany Primary School precinct, WA, has been awarded.
Albany-based Wauters Enterprises won the tender and will construct the accommodation in the parking areas behind the existing buildings to preserve the heritage elements of the site.
The project is Stage two of the Affordable Student Housing Accommodation process, with a tender process led by project proponents Advance Housing.
In preparation for the new accommodation, the Albany headmaster’s house and former school buildings have been refurbished.
Stage two follows the completion and commissioning and commissioning of Stage 1 bear the UWA Albany Centre, which included units to provide accommodation for up to 20 undergraduates and post-graduate students.
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WA Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the construction project will significantly boost the building industry in the region, supported by an investment of more than $10 million by the state government.
“Advance Housing has aligned their tender processes with the WA Government’s commitment to driving local jobs and local procurement on government projects,” MacTiernan said.
Advance Housing chairperson Peter Adams said the development will complement its first stage project in Stirling Terrace.
“Our stage one project has proved popular with students. Stage two will further boost the options for affordable accommodation and contribute to the increasing vibrancy of life in the Albany city centre,” Adams said.
Albany MLA Peter Watson said the project would be a boost for local jobs in the building industry in Albany.
“Local tradies and suppliers will directly benefit from the project that will also deliver more affordable student housing in the CBD,” Watson said.