Brisbane City Council awarded a USD 25 million contract to a single supplier to construct a ferry terminal at Howard Smith Wharves as well as upgrade South Bank Ferry Terminal.
The new contract came before the council on September 8 with an amendment to provide priority to local fabrication when evaluating the bids as part of the efforts of the council to support local business during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The upgrade of South Bank terminal is due to combining all ferry services, including CityCats and smaller monohulled boats, into a single terminal covering the existing 2 berths.
Howard Smith Wharves terminal, which has been co-funded with HSW Nominees and Fantauzzo group, with a USD 3 million contribution, is expected to allow for dual berthing of CityCats and feature the ability to berth monohulls.
The tender to build both terminals has been won by Fitzgerald Construction Australia at a cost of over USD 25 M.
Off-site fabrication for Howard Smith Wharves is scheduled to commence this year with on-site construction in early 2021. South Bank terminal works will begin in mid/late 2021.
According to Council, opting for a local bid would "reduce the risk of supply-chain interruptions or problems further down the line."
The state government recently announced a plan to install 3 pontoons at Howard Smith Wharves, creating a partnership for direct ferry sailings from there to Stradbroke Island.