There has been a change in one of the three consortia shortlisted for the third New Zealand Schools Public Private Partnership (PPP) project.
In July 2016 the Ministry of Education announced the shortlisted consortia to deliver the project. The PPP is worth NZD200 million (US$145 million) and will see the successful tenderer design, construct and maintain 6 schools.
New schools will be built at Scott Point, Kumeu and Flat Bush in Auckland, and at Sylvester in Hamilton, while Shirley Boys' High School and Avonside Girls' High School will be rebuilt and co-located on a new site in Christchurch.
Since the shortlist was announced, the membership of one of the consortia has changed. In the ShapEd consortium Pacific Partnerships has joined Morrison & Co as an equity provider, while CPB Contractors (CIMIC Group's construction company) and Southbase Construction have replaced Hawkins Construction as the lead construction contractor. Hawkins Construction will continue to provide advisory support to the consortium.
The 3 shortlisted consortia therefore are the following:
Under a PPP, the design, construction, maintenance and financing is provided under a single contract with a private contractor comprised of multiple specialist service providers. The property maintenance services are provided to specified standards for 25 years, so that school leaders can focus on raising student achievement. In other schools, the school is responsible for property maintenance.
The three consortia will now proceed through an interactive tendering process and final bids will be submitted in November this year. The schools are intended to be open in time for the 2019 school year.