Construction of a new research station on Macquarie Island is a step closer today, with a Managing Contractor being sought for the $50 million dollar project.

The Managing Contractor will be responsible for the design and construction of the research station, the refurbishment or replacement of field huts, and the decommissioning of the current station buildings.

They will manage a team of sub-contractors and work collaboratively with the Department of the Environment and Energy’s Australian Antarctic Division during the project.

The Macquarie Island redevelopment project was announced by the Federal Government in October last year.

The new station will provide a modern, flexible and functional facility to meet the long-term needs of the Australian Antarctic Program. It is due to be completed by 2022.

The Department will develop a shortlist of applicants from the invitation to register interest (ITR) process, who will be invited to respond to a subsequent Request for Tender in early 2018.

For further information on the ITR visit the AusTender website.