Work has stopped on the redevelopment of the Broadmeadows Aquatic and Leisure Centre after the head contractor went into liquidation three months after being awarded the project tender.
The $2.49 million redevelopment of the Tanderrum Way centre began in April and was expected to be completed in September.
The work by Xerri Group was to include repairs to the 25-metre pool roof, changeroom upgrades, new steam room and on-deck showers, removal of the mezzanine balcony and resurfacing of the pool concourse.
The centre’s energy efficiency was to be improved, with north-facing windows double glazed and tinted and pool plant equipment updated.
According to Hume council’s website, the centre’s mezzanine balcony had already been removed and roof repairs started when work stopped on June 12.
The 25-metre pool spa, sauna and adjacent changerooms had been closed to allow the redevelopment to take place.
Hume corporate services director Daryl Whitfort said the centre would operate in its current state until further notice.
He defended the council’s decision to award the tender for the project to Xerri Group.
“When the contract was approved by council on the 12th of March, 2019, council’s tendering process confirmed that the construction company was financially sound and a best-fit for the job,” he said. “This process included a rigorous procurement procedure that included financial and referee checks.
“Council is investigating the necessary steps to finish the project.”
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Broadmeadows Progress Association member and Broadmeadows Aquatic and Leisure Centre user Sonja Rutherford said it was a concern that Xerri Group had gone into liquidation so soon after being awarded the contract.
Mrs Rutherford said the centre’s gym was due to be relocated to a pop-up gym just before the work stopped.
“The gym now has an uncertain timeline,” she said. “We were pleased with the renovation and people were prepared for inconvenience, but now we don’t know what is happening.”
The council will provide updates on the redevelopment at hume.vic.gov.au/balcupdates.