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Consultants sought

Ropate Valemei
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

THE Fiji National Provident Fund is looking for local and overseas consultants from various qualified professions to complete construction works at the international five-star Momi Bay Resort.

Work on the development at Momi Bay Resort stopped in late 2006 when FNPF was later granted ownership of the development through a government decree gazetted in 2010.

The decision to complete the resort was made public recently with the fund requesting a state of capability from consultancy firms.

The Fund had called for qualified firms such as agricultural and design documentation services, specialist landscape architectural and external works, quantity surveyor, building service engineer, structural and civil engineers and interior designer to tender their services for the project.

FNPF chief executive officer Aisake Taito said they would receive and evaluate statements of capabilities submitted by companies bidding for consulting services required for the Momi project regardless of whether those firms were local or overseas-based.

"Applications for this will close later this week and until then we are not able to confirm how many parties have applied so far. Even then, this is a confidential process," Mr Taito said.

"We can assure you that the FNPF board is committed to the completion of the Momi Bay Resort Hotel."

According to FNPF's 2012 annual report, Mr Taito said they were now in contract negotiations with an international hotel operator. "Legal and financial consultants have been engaged and a project management firm will be appointed to commence development work," he said.

He said construction works for the project were expected to start mid-year.

The hotel site component comprises a partly completed 250-room hotel made up of a mix of stand-alone Fijian style bure over water bure and several wings of single-loaded corridor standard hotel rooms in a two-storey walk up configuration.

The hotel accommodation structures are at various stages of completion since the previous development work stopped six years ago.

The proposed mix of room types is two over-water suites, five ocean and lagoon suites, 20 over water bure, nine ocean and lagoon bure, 78 ocean and lagoon duplex bure and 136 lagoon guest rooms.





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