The joint venture between Icon and Fairbrother has been awarded the contract for the $90 million GovHub project in Bendigo.
Fairbrother was awarded the contract for early works on the site in September last year, which have since begun, with the main construction set to commence within a few months.
Icon Fairbrother beat out Hansen Yuncken, Adco, Kane, Nicholson, and Searle Brothers for the project.
The project is estimated to create 200 jobs during construction, boosting the local economy by over $130 million and accommodating for over 100 new local jobs upon completion.
In a statement from the office of the Premier, the government said “the joint venture between Bendigo-based builder Fairbrother and one of Australia and New Zealand’s largest construction providers, Icon, marries local project experience and trade relationships with large-scale commercial design and construction expertise.”
Victorian Government legislation requires work to be completed using local businesses, materials and skills, as part of an effort to revitalise employment in regional cities.
Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said “it’s a great day for local jobs with the appointment of Icon Fairbrother and its commitment to indigenous employment which brings to life the Victorian Government’s Local Jobs First Policy for regional Victoria.”
Icon has previously delivered Stage 2A of the LaTrobe regional hospital redevelopment for the Victorian Government, to the tune of $60 million.
The design of the precinct has a strong sustainability and connectivity focus, with the building boasting Victoria’s largest exposed timber frame, solar panels, water and energy monitoring systems and efficient indoor air quality systems.
The building will also feature a civic forecourt as well as a parklet on its exterior to position the precinct as a meeting point for the community.
Indigenous design elements and local language will be incorporated into the building and landscaping to reference the Dja Dja Wurrung people, the Traditional Owners of the land, with the project team to work alongside the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation.
Use of local bluestone and granite in the building design will also reference the area and pay homage to the Greater Bendigo community.
Upon completion in 2022, the GovHub will be a state-of-the-art customer service centre and workspace – a hub for the local community.
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