Reid Oval tender awarded, on-ground work imminent

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Warrnambool-based firm Fairbrother has been awarded the construction contract for the Reid Oval Redevelopment.
Council voted unanimously at its meeting on September 7 to accept Fairbrother’s $7,377,949 (excluding GST) tender submission.
The construction phase includes: 
• The redevelopment of the field of play oval, with improved surface, turf, irrigation, drainage, six turf wickets, goal posts, new interchange benches and boundary fencing.
• Provision of oval lighting to 200lux lighting level, with infrastructure provided to enable upgrade to 300 lux lighting.
• Replacement of existing change room pavilion with new change rooms, social areas, office facilities and associated supporting areas for use during sporting games and community needs.
• Installation of terraced seating in front of new two-storey pavilion.
• Replacement of existing cricket practice nets with new four lane cricket net compound that can operate as a multipurpose facility.
• Redevelopment of the existing training field (old hockey pitch) with irrigation, surface drainage, and lighting improvement to 50 lux lighting level.
• Associated landscaping and external works.
Reid Oval Project Chair Cr Sue Cassidy said that this major milestone meant that Fairbrother could now begin demolition and construction work.
“My understanding is that they are ready to go,” Cr Cassidy said.
“I’d like to thank the clubs and stakeholders, the architects and the Council staff who have worked hard over a long period of time to get us to this point.
“The tender has come under budget, which puts us in a fantastic position.
“This is just so exciting. Let’s get the demolition started!”
Council received six tender submissions for the project via a “select tender” process where submissions were invited from businesses pre-registered with the Department of Treasury and Finance – a move that saved the project more than eight weeks.
Following the appointment of project designers in September 2019 who worked with clubs and other stakeholders, the Reid Oval plans were finalised in July 2020.
The turf that will become the Reid Oval playing surface is currently growing at a specialised facility in South Australia and is scheduled to be laid in November/December this year.
The redevelopment is scheduled to be completed in May 2022.