Capital Projects Press Releases
FALKLAND ISLANDS GOVERNMENT
13 February 2020
Falklands announces partner to develop new port
The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) has selected a development partner to design and build a new port in Stanley Harbour.
After an extensive global procurement process, FIG is pleased to announce that it has agreed BAM Nuttall Ltd as its development partner, subject to successful conclusion of contract. The aim is for the contract to be agreed and signed by the end of March 2020.
FIG Chief Executive Barry Rowland said a new port is an indispensable asset to support the economy and enable ongoing future economic growth in the Falkland Islands.
“As is well known, the existing FIPASS facility is fast approaching the end of its life. Today’s exciting news is the first step in designing a new facility that can handle both our current needs, and our projected future demands.”
Development and Commercial Services portfolio holder, MLA Dr Barry Elsby, said there have been studies and reports into future port options over the past 20 years.
“I am therefore delighted that this Assembly has taken the decision to build the new port, and so deliver on the commitment in the Islands Plan.”
Martin Bellamy, Managing Director of BAM Nuttall Ltd said: “We are excited to be part of such a critical national infrastructure project for the Falkland Islands and we look forward to working together with the Falkland Islands Government and our team in designing and constructing the port that will serve as a new gateway to the Falkland Islands. It is our collective ambition that this project suits the needs of everyday life on the islands and can provide longer-term economic benefits.”
Tenderers were asked to review the most suitable location for a new port and propose their location as part of their tender returns. The new facility will be in the vicinity of the current port, offering new facilities that will benefit key users in the fishing, tourism and shipping sectors, as well as many other parts of the economy.
Early contractor involvement will allow designs to be developed collaboratively from the outset, involving the contractor from an early stage in seeking the best solutions to meet current and future demand.
The project will be split into three stages, with decision gateways between each stage. Upon successful agreement of the contract, the first stage will include stakeholder engagement, surveys, a demand study and Concept Design.
At the end of Concept Design, FIG Executive Council will review plans for detailed design stage and be asked to approve the costs and activity schedule for the next stage. The second stage will see agreement of Detailed Design, ending with another decision gateway for FIG to approve costs and plans for construction. The third stage will see a phased construction of the port.
Construction will be carefully programmed, and operations at FIPASS will be transferred to the new port part way through this stage, in order to ensure the port remains operational at all times. The project will conclude with de-commissioning and removal of FIPASS.
A public meeting is planned for when the BAM team arrives in the Islands, so that people can get an overview of the project, outline timescales, and the initial design proposals. Further details of this meeting, and stakeholder sessions, will be made available in the coming month.
FALKLAND ISLANDS GOVERNMENT
31 May 2019
FIG issues tender for new port facility
Today the Falkland Islands Government has issued an Invitation to Tender (ITT) to the global construction market to select and appoint a preferred development partner for the design and construction of a new port facility.
The tender will remain open for three months before closing on 30 August 2019.
This is the latest step in developing new port infrastructure for the Falkland Islands and enabling long term economic growth for Falkland Islands’ industries.
The procurement approach has been adopted to ensure that the Government can work with a preferred partner from the outset on the details of design, cost and planning processes.
It will also provide FIG with decision gateways so that designs and costs are reviewed at key stages before a final commitment to build is made.
Speaking of this latest development, Iain Robertson, Director of Development and Commercial Services, said: “We have been working closely with our technical advisors to make sure that our procurement method meets the highest standards of best practice and will give us the best possible opportunity to secure a partnership that not only understands the unique requirements of the Falkland Islands, but also the size of the opportunity.
“This development will be one of the largest in the history of the islands, which is why it is vital that we carry out all aspects of the procurement journey in a carefully managed way. This is an exciting step forward and one which will is vital to the health of our economy as it supports the growth of our fishing, imports and exports, tourism and scientific research.”
FALKLAND ISLANDS GOVERNMENT
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
24 April 2019
ExCo approves next step in multi-purpose all-weather sports facility development.
The Executive Council has today approved the next step in the development of a new multi-purpose all-weather sports facility for the Falkland Islands. This follows a recent public consultation in which detailed responses from 215 recipients were received to help shape proposals for the new facility.
ExCo has agreed that the detailed design stage can now proceed which will involve defining the scope for the first phase of the development within the available budget. These designs will also factor in the potential to include additional sports in later phases of development if demand and further funding allows.
The Government will continue to engage with local sports bodies and associations as the project progresses in order to seek input on design features and costs for auxiliary equipment, as well as to optimise the opportunities for future-proofing the facility for further development.
The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) with the support of British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI) are seeking expressions of interest from developers and investors wanting to find out more about an ambitious range of housing development opportunities in the Falkland Islands. The immediate business opportunity is the provision of 70 new high quality houses within the next three years; 40 of these will be Government houses, with the remaining 30 for the Ministry of Defence. However, there are potentially further options that exist for companies to provide a wider range of services including facilities management, estate maintenance, large scale property refurbishments and upgrades. For more information on current and future business and investment opportunities.
FALKLAND ISLANDS GOVERNMENT
20 March 2019
ExCo approves the procurement process and issues tender for the appointment of a preferred development partner for a new port facility
Today the Executive Council has approved a formal procurement process to issue an Invitation to Tender (ITT) to the global construction market to select and appoint a preferred development partner for the design, construction and potentially the operation of a new port facility. The tender will also invite bidders to submit funding options.
This follows a soft market test, completed in 2018, which aimed to draw interest from organisations interested in partnering with Government to develop new port infrastructure, possibly in phases, to meet the future economic demands of the Falkland Islands.
The procurement route will be to issue an ITT ‘Early Contractor Involvement’ process which involves selecting and engaging with a construction partner from the outset and throughout the development process. This approach will ensure that industry best practice, engineering, construction, technical knowledge and experience, are all factored into the design and cost planning processes at the earliest possible opportunity. It will also provide FIG with decision gateways so that designs and costs are reviewed at key stages before a final commitment to build is made.
Speaking of this development, MLA Barry Elsby, portfolio lead for Development and Commercial Services said: “This is a concrete step forwards in terms of progressing the delivery of the new port facility, essential to support the economic development of the Falkland Islands. This will be one of the largest capital projects in the history of the islands; for this reason we need to make sure that we understand the scope of the challenge as well as the opportunity ahead. To do this we have engaged with our professional experts and have chosen a recognised method of procurement that means we will be collaborating in a close partnership arrangement from the outset. I look forward to seeing the results of the procurement exercise in the months ahead.”
The aim is to issue the ITT in May for a 90-day tendering period. The procurement process will be managed by the Development and Commercial Services directorate.
New Port for the Falkland Islands
The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) is pleased to announce that work to design and build the New Port Facility commenced in August 2020. The vision is to replace the existing port with a new facility that will benefit key users in the fishing, tourism and shipping sectors, as well as many other parts of the economy. The new facility will support the national economy and enable ongoing future economic growth across many business sectors.
FIG has appointed BAM Nuttall Ltd. to design and build the Port. BAM Nuttall is a global contractor with extensive UK and international experience in maritime works, including most recently works to Rothera Wharf in Antarctica. The contract for the works was signed in April 2020 and a team of BAM Nuttall’s key personnel arrived in the Falkland Islands in August 2020. From September until the end of 2020, activity will focus on the collection of information to allow the scope of the project to be developed. There will be extensive stakeholder engagement and onshore and offshore ground investigations, as well as other surveys. Feedback from these activities will inform a Demand Study, and the Concept Design for the new port in these early works will be completed in the first quarter of 2021, paving the way for the next decision gateway for Falkland Islands Government, to request progression to detailed design stage (Stage 1B).
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NEW PORT PRESS RELEASES
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Multi-Purpose All Weather Sports Facility
The Falkland Islands Government is proposing to invest some £3 million to build a new multi-purpose all-weather sport facility in Stanley. This budget will provide an indoor sports facility to complement existing activities provided at Stanley Leisure Centre and an outdoor full-size AstroTurf football pitch suitable for general training activities. A provision of a running track and other sporting activities are being considered, subject to the availability of funding.
On 24th April 2019 the Falkland Islands Government authorised detailed design and cost planning for a new Multi-Purpose All-Weather Sport Facility in Stanley, following public consultation that took place from January to March 2019. (Exco 41/19). In addition to consulting with local sporting bodies, clubs and associations on these proposals and has received very positive feedback. , FIG launched a public survey in February 2019, which received positive feedback, with a total of 215 responses.
The full results from the public consultation can be found via the following link:
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NEW PORT FACILITY - PROJECT BACKGROUND
The economy of the Falkland Islands depends upon marine access, and the Falkland Interim Port and Storage System (FIPASS) has provided that since 1984. New Port facilities are now required to serve both the needs of the traditional industries today and support economic growth. The overall Project objectives are:
- Develop a port to meet the needs of the Falkland Islands
- Replace FIPASS but allow continued operation of FIPASS until the new Port is available for use through a phased handover to the new port through simultaneous operations
- Flexibility to meet future needs
Key requirements for the new Port include:
- a minimum design working life of 50 years
- jetty berthing capacity 400m x 60m wide
- roll on, roll off facility to increase flexibility in Port operations, supporting the Concordia Bay ferry and coastal shipping service
- Area for tugs and harbour support craft
- separation of operations at the berth
- Preference for a solid (fixed) berthing (in place of the floating FIPASS facility)
- Depth to be at least the same as the depth currently available at FIPASS
Governance of the project is through a gateway process, based on the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Plan of Work, with oversight from a FIG Project Board and Steering Group. The project will be split into three stages, with decision gateways between each stage.
- The first stage (One A) includes stakeholder engagement, surveys, a demand study and Concept Design. At the end of Concept Design, FIG Executive Council will review plans for detailed design stage and be asked to approve the costs and activity schedule for the next stage.
- The second stage (One B) will see agreement of Detailed Design, ending with another decision gateway for FIG to approve costs and plans for construction.
- The third stage will see a phased construction of the port.