Where should members of the public go for information about the project?

We will publish updates about the project, including planned community events, in school newsletters, Ministry project updates, and on As the project progresses, there will be specific events and forums for the community to learn about the project and get involved.

How will the community ensure the design of the schools reflects the local culture and community?

As the schools involved, we have a leadership role on the project. Together with the Ministry, we are committed to partnering with iwi, industry, and other community groups to create a lasting community legacy, and welcome the opportunity to ensure our new schools reflect the wishes and aspirations of our young people, as well as the stories and culture of our community and region.

How are you partnering with iwi on the project?

We are committed to honouring Te Ao Māori and the Treaty partnership. We are working to grow our relationships with local iwi and ensure that there is a clear approach for iwi involvement on the project.

When will design commence?

This is a large and complex project, and based on the procurement timeline, the Ministry is expecting design to commence in early 2021.

When will the new schools open?

We’ll work with the Ministry and the successful contractor on developing a programme that supports our schools continuing to provide high quality educational environments during the works. We’ll share details around the construction timeframes once master planning has progressed and we have worked through a programme for delivery.

Who can attend the market briefings?

The Ministry is seeking partners on the project to help it reimagine education for Marlborough students. Partners on the project will be passionate about creating quality learning environments, and ensuring the design meets the diverse educational and social needs at the schools and improves operational efficiency. At the market briefings, the Ministry will update interested parties with information about the project, the proposed procurement approach, timeframes and next steps for providers who would like to be part of this opportunity. The information discussed at the briefings is relevant for construction contractors and consultants. Individuals and organisations with capabilities in the following areas may wish to register for the briefing per the instructions provided in the Government Electronic Tendering Service (GETS) notice: - Design and construction services - Project management services - Engineer to contract services - Quantity surveying - Technical advisory services - Facilities maintenance advisors

I am a local sub-contractor. How can I be involved in the project?

The Ministry is seeking to build the local workforce on this project. The Ministry will appoint a contractor which demonstrates a clear willingness to work with local resources to deliver the project. Once the successful contractor is appointed, they will have sufficient time to connect with the local industry and build their supply chain ahead of construction commencement. The Ministry will release the successful contractor details following appointment.

How will this project help to build the local workforce?

The project will support the Top of the South Island in its post-COVID recovery by anchoring infrastructure activity, and ensure Marlborough has the skilled workforce it needs to thrive longer term. The Ministry anticipates construction activity will provide apprenticeships for local students, and procurement practices will support Marlborough businesses. In the longer term, stronger links with industry and clearer employment pathways will encourage young people to stay in Marlborough.

What contract model will be used to deliver the Project?

Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) is the Ministry’s preferred delivery model for the project. ECI involves engaging a lead contractor early, at the same time as the design partners. In other models, the contractor engaged to deliver construction is not engaged until much later in the project. Under the ECI approach, the contractor will be working with the Ministry throughout design development and will bring their specialist knowledge to construction planning activities – for example how to stage and phase the project. This also provides the contractor with sufficient time to connect with the local industry and build their supply chain while design is progressing.

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