Macau | Construction of public building to start in Q1 2019, to reduce gov't rental costs

The construction of a public office building in the ZAPE district will cost at least MOP160 million (US$19.78 million), the disclosure of tender bids reveals

Macau (MNA) – The construction of a public office building in the ZAPE district will cost the Macau SAR coffers at least MOP160 million (US$19.78 million).

According to the results of a tender opened on August 1 and announced on Friday by the Infrastructure Development Office (GDI), proposed construction prices could reach as much as MOP250 million.

A total of 18 proposals have been accepted, with one accepted with conditions.

The project for the 11-storey building with two basement floors has been promoted by the government as an answer to the Administration’s office and parking space needs.

In 2016, the Land, Public Works, and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) was slammed in an Audit Commission (CA) report published in 2016 regarding the rental of private facilities for public functions.

According to the report, from 1 January 2004 to 30 June 2015, some 68 public services rented facilities and parking lots, of which 27 were autonomous agencies and 41 were integrated services and services with administrative autonomy.

In 2014 alone the government expended some MOP580 million in rent, three times more than in 2004 when it spent MOP140 million.

The report also signalled that in the eleven years analysed, the government had spent MOP4 billion on rent.

The new development, on which construction is expected to start in the first quarter of 2019, will be located on a 1,636 square metre plot named ‘6K’ in ZAPE, on Avenida da Amizade, facing the Grand Lapa Hotel, and next to Hotel Waldo.

Construction – offering 13,400 square metres of office and parking space – should be completed within 730 working days, with tenders suggesting construction times ranging from 615 to 730 days.