HOUSING Authority customers and potential future home owners in the Western Division can expect a new-look office space in the future after chief executive officer Alipate Naiorosui announced plans on its existing Lautoka office property.
The authority has issued an expression of interest for interested competent individuals and design firms to conduct a feasibility study on its financial viability and demand for commercial spaces in the sugar city.
Mr Naiorosui said the existing office space hosted a customer relations centre for the authority and the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) branch in Lautoka.
Situated between the Methodist Coronation Church and Cathay Hotel, the property has a total land area of 2832 square metres.
"Housing Authority is inviting architects and technical firms to provide a conceptual design of how we can utilise this space to not only provide a modern office space for our Lautoka customers but to also support local business, government departments and other public enterprises expansion needs in the area," Mr Naiorosui said.
He said as part of the expressions of interest, documents must outline potential cost of recreating a new office space, commercial outlets and self-contained apartments, and its projected timeframe for construction.
HA spokesman Dwain Qalovaki said one design firm had registered its interest to conduct the feasibility study and encouraged other firms and technical individuals to submit a concept of how to best utilise the space. "At this point, we have a fair idea of what it is we would like to achieve — that is to create a progressive office space to meet our existing homeowners and future homeowners customer relation needs," Mr Qalovaki said.