$15mill Ballina building contract awarded to local company
A $15 MILLION building contract for the major redevelopment of Crowley Care Services in Ballina has been awarded to Northern Rivers based company, Bennett Constructions.
The announcement was made this afternoon following a comprehensive tender process.
Phase one of the redevelopment is expected to start early next month, with the construction of a new two-storey education centre, library, car park and plaza and a redeveloped entertainment area in the existing residential care facility.
The first phase of the development will completed in November this year.
It will be closely followed by phase two, which sees the construction of a two-storey, 42-room residential care facility at Crowley, a new main entrance and administration centre that connects to a café and non-denominational chapel.
Completion of phase two is expected by January 2018.
At its peak, the redevelopment project is expected to support up to 120 jobs in the region.
Bennett managing director Darryl Piper said he was looking forward to starting the work, in what was a big year for his company.
"We have done work for Crowley before and the aged care sector is one of the sectors we work in," he said.
"Crowley are good to work for.
"We've got a few big things happening at the moment, with work starting on our own development in the Lismore CBD.
"It's great to have that ball rolling - we're about to start pouring the concrete slabs. We're also still looking for tenants, but it's a 12-month build, so we have time."
Crowley chief executive Michael Penhey said they felt the Bennett Constructions team was a "good fit for Crowley".
"Not only do they have the right industry experience, they are local and have worked at Crowley before," he said.
"We look forward to working closely with the Bennett team as we transform Crowley to the highest quality facility for our residents and staff."
Overall the redevelopment at Crowley aims to create buildings that maximise the natural beauty, aspect and water views of the Cherry Street site, providing more living and social spaces for residents and improved working conditions for staff.