Building Victoria’s new Quarantine facility – call for EOIs now underway

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The process to select the builder and the modular contractor for Victoria’s first purpose-built COVID quarantine accommodation facility is underway.

The Victorian Government has issued a call for expressions of interest for the head contractor and modular contractor roles on construction of its ‘alternative quarantine accommodation project’.

The move follows last week’s announcement that the state had received a Memorandum of Understanding from the Commonwealth in support of the project.

Set to commence construction in September once a final investment decision is made (and contingent upon that decision), the new hub will serve as the state’s only purpose-built facility for COVID-related quarantine.

Initially, it will have a capacity of 500 places, which will be built in around five months.

However, it will have the capacity of to be scaled up to 3,000 places, which would provide the ability to cater for up to 1,100 arrivals per week (see below), subject to future quarantine requirements.

It is being undertaken amid several concerns with the existing hotel quarantine system, which was established as an immediate response to the virus.

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