Due for completion in 2011, the $1 billion new Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) is one of the largest hospital developments in Victoria and its commitment to the Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP) is ensuring some significant contracts for local industry.
VIPP is a Victorian Government initiative designed to maximise local industry involvement in Government-funded projects and purchases. The Policy is facilitated by ICN and ICN Business Capability Adviser Frank Tomisich is working with the RCH project to advise all parties on VIPP processes and assist identify suitable local suppliers.
Oakleigh-based ASSA ABLOY was among companies nominated by Frank for a multi million dollar contract to supply locks, door furniture and door control to be fitted throughout the hospital. Following successful tender negotiations, Assa Abloy was awarded the contract.
To ASSA ABLOY, this was a significant win. ASSA ABLOY Regional Sales Manager Architectural Vic /SA Mark Gardner said:
“It’s no small thing to get a contract like this. It means a lot for local manufacturing and communities…It also gave people confidence in our long term prospects … we were assured of three years work which we knew would lead to other opportunities as well.”
The new RCH is being delivered as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) under the State Government's Partnerships Victoria model.
This partnership will see the public sector (RCH) continue to operate the hospital and provide all core clinical services, staffing, teaching, training and research, while the private sector (Children’s Health Partnership) will finance, design, construct and maintain the new hospital building.
The Children’s Health Partnership consortium comprises International Public Partnerships as equity holders, Bovis Lend Lease as builder, Spotless Group as facilities manager and architects Billard Leece, Bates Smart and HKS (US).