Local firm wins Albany student accommodation tender
Media Statement from Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC
- Local Albany business wins tender for $16 million Stage 2 Affordable Student Housing Accommodation project
Stage two of Albany's affordable student accommodation development is set to kick-off, providing a much-needed boost to the local construction industry.
Albany-based Wauters Enterprises has won the tender to build the 40-bed accommodation facility following a tender process led by project proponents Advance Housing.
In preparation for the new student accommodation, the Albany headmaster's house and the former school buildings have been refurbished.
The new accommodation will be built in the parking areas behind the existing buildings, preserving the heritage elements of the site.
Stage 2 follows the completion and commissioning of Stage 1 near the UWA Albany Centre in Stirling Terrace, including self-contained units providing accommodation for up to 20 undergraduate and post-graduate tertiary students.
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"This construction project will significantly boost the building industry in the region, supported by a $10.997 million investment by the State Government.
"Advance Housing has aligned their tender processes with the McGowan Government's commitment to driving local jobs and local procurement on government projects."
Comments attributed to Advance Housing chairperson Peter Adams:
"This $16 million development in the old Albany Primary School precinct in Serpentine Road will complement Advance Housing's first stage project in Stirling Terrace.
"Our stage one project has proved popular with students. Stage two will further boost the options for affordable accommodation and contribute to the increasing vibrancy of life in the Albany city centre."
Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson:
"This is a fantastic boost for local jobs in the building industry in Albany as they are doing it tough at the moment.
"Local tradies and suppliers will directly benefit from the project that will also deliver more affordable student housing in the CBD."