FIVE building companies are competing for the Albury ambulance station project planned for Lavington next year.
They are Colin Joss & Co, of Albury; Zauner Construction, of Lavington; ICG Wagga; Edwards Constructions, of Bateman’s Bay; and New England Constructions, of Bondi Junction.
The NSW government has decided on a selective tender process and will accept tenders only from the five firms named, with the closing date set for September 17.
A site next to McDonald’s in Wagga Road has been cleared.
It expected to cost about $4 million, including the land cost believed to have been between $1.6 million and $1.8 million.
After initially being expected to start this month and finish next January, the project now start later this year and is tipped to finish mid next year.
Member for Albury Greg Aplin said the weather conditions could play a part in the project’s timing, but he didn’t expect it to take long.
“Once the opportunity for tenders to apply is closed then it will be a quick hiring process and building will be under way,” he said.
The station will have much more room for ambulance vehicles than in the 1934 station in Dean Street, and for the first time staff will have secure parking for their cars.
The 3036 square metre site will also have a training room, which Mr Aplin said would be a great benefit for Albury.
“There are always fresh developments in every field and paramedics is no different,” he said.
Mr Aplin said the Dean Street station was inadequate in terms of staff facilities, changing rooms, toilets and administration areas.
“The new modern building will allow for expansion in the future.
“I know currently 26 paramedics are working in Dean Street but the new one will allow up to 38 paramedics and another six senior trainers.”
Mr Aplin said the new location had the advantage of easy access to the Hume Freeway and the city’s expanding housing areas.
The old site’s future is yet to be decided.