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Defence updates Estate Regeneration timetable

Line of Defence update, 01 November 2017

Update on NZDF Estate & Infrastructure Alliance Partner procurement. Image: detail from Defence Estate Regeneration 2016-2030, NZDF.Update on NZDF Estate & Infrastructure Alliance Partner procurement. Image: detail from Defence Estate Regeneration 2016-2030, NZDF.

 

The Ministry of Defence yesterday provided an update to its timeframe for the procurement of an NZDF Estate & Infrastructure Alliance Partner, anticipating the appointment of an Alliance Partner in November 2019. An industry engagement session is to take place this December.

 

This latest announcement comes in the wake of a 6 September update announcing the postponement of the procurement process, which had been due to commence in July this year.

The earlier announcement acknowledged the delay, stating that the NZDF was “mindful that this is potentially a complex procurement and requires more time and continued early engagement with industry to bring the right requirement to market.”

The would “ensure that realistic timelines and expectations are established.”

In the September announcement, the NZDF stated that it would provide a revised timeline to the market by 31 October 2017. Yesterday’s update, therefore, comes right on cue.

Initial market engagement relation to the project took place in December 2016 following Cabinet approval of the investment programme in August 2016 and approval to initiate the first three years of the programme (out to 2020) by the Finance and Defence Ministers in December.

In yesterday’s update, Tom Williams, General Manager Alliance Project Team, stated “it is anticipated NZDF will be appointing our Alliance Partner in November 2019.”

According to Mr Williams, the Alliance partnership will include the range of professional services required to establish systems, policy processes, plans and programmes necessary to manage the Defence Installations and the Defence Estate Regeneration Plan. Outputs would include “the process and systems management of capital works projects, design, maintenance scheduling, maintenance management, and compliance activities.”

 

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Outputs will not include the delivery of maintenance and construction activities. These, stated Mr Williams, “may be incorporated into the Alliance at a later stage.”

Any subsequent decision to include physical delivery, he commented, “may be influenced by one or more of the following”: (i) when extant commercial arrangements lapse and/or;(ii) ongoing performance of Alliance Partnership and/or; (iii) when the opportunity arises to incorporate the physical delivery activity (providing there is surety of high performance whilst satisfying governmental expectations).

This latest timetabling announcement reflects the complexity of a project that is not only unprecedented in scale but also in terms of process. That this latest update was provided on schedule, however, suggests that Defence remains serious on its commitment to early engagement and ensuring its processes are well planned and expectations are well articulated.

“We are on a significant journey for NZDF,” he said. “We are clear on the destination; we need to achieve a modern, safe and affordable estate that enables the delivery of defence capability.”

“We need to partner with industry to innovate and collaborate to deliver a proactive stewardship of the defence estate.  This joint approach will enable us to provide professional services focused on customer needs, underpinned by our Values: Courage, Commitment and Comradeship.”

The update invites interested professional services organisations to an industry engagement session scheduled for 10am, 13 December. At the session, participants will be briefed on next steps and key dates for Alliance Development, and on the Estate Strategy Roadmap and goals.

The industry engagement session will be held at the Auckland Defence Business Hub at Level 3, 32 Market Place, Auckland CBD. Participants can register their attendance by contacting Paula.holmes@nzdf.mil.nz

Stakeholders are also advised to visit the website campsandbases.nzdf.mil.nz. Over the coming weeks the site will be updated with profiles of the Alliance Project team and information around the “technical challenges” being faced.

The Estate Regeneration Programme implements Government’s commitment to modernise the estate and infrastructure as articulated in the Defence White Paper 2016. $1.7 billion in capital funding has been allocated to the programme over 17 years to 2030.

 

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