OMTrak has been chosen as the platform for the delivery of O&M Manuals on the new PPP known as the ‘AgriBio, the Centre For AgriBioscience’.
The project (formerly known as the Biosciences Research Centre) is a joint initiative of the Government of Victoria, through the Department of Primary Industries (DPI), and La Trobe University (La Trobe).
AgriBio will be one of Australia’s premier biosciences facilities, with a key emphasis on supporting and protecting Victoria’s A$11.8 billion agricultural sector by focussing on cutting-edge research to improve productivity, fight disease and reduce environmental impact.
The facility is being built at La Trobe’s Melbourne campus in Bundoora, and will accommodate up to 400 DPI and La Trobe staff, including scientists, students, and business and science-support staff.
A $A288 million public private partnership (PPP), AgriBio is being delivered under the Victorian Government’s Partnerships Victoria policy. DPI and La Trobe have engaged Major Projects Victoria, a division of the Victorian Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, to manage procurement, design and construction of AgriBio on behalf of the Joint Venture parties up to commercial acceptance.
Plenary Research – consisting of Plenary Group, Grocon and Honeywell Limited – will design, construct, finance and provide facility management services required for the operation of AgriBio over a 25-year period.
Design and construction of AgriBio commenced in May 2009. Commercial acceptance and commencement of staff transition is targeted for August 2011, and AgriBio is expected to be fully operational in 2012