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North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) has announced local company Fergus Builders as the principal contractor for its Hay Point Administration Building refurbishment project, which is set to start before the end of the year.

Home to Maritime Safety Queensland’s (MSQ’s) Vessel Traffic Services and NQBP’s marine pilots, the project will include the refurbishment and upgrade of internal fixtures and amenities.

The project would extend the life of the building and cater for continued operation and usage, said NQBP Chief Executive Officer Nicolas Fertin.

“This project is part of the previously announced multimillion-dollar Mackay/Hay Point port infrastructure works program and is the first substantial upgrade undertaken on the building since its construction in the 1980s,” Mr Fertin said.

“Local supplier engagement is a key consideration for all NQBP projects, so we’re extremely proud to partner with Fergus Builders to deliver this major upgrade on the Hay Point Administration Building.

“Over the last year, NQBP has been working with local firm Bold Architecture and Interior Design to develop the works.”

The project was a real win for his company and the region said Fergus Builders Director Adam Wright.

“Fergus will engage a 100 percent local sub-contractor workforce to assist in the delivery of the works program, so the roll-on benefits from this project will extend across the Hay Point and Mackay region,” Mr Wright said.

“Fergus Builders has more than 38 years’ experience in the Mackay construction industry and prides itself on employing locals.”

The works will deliver benefits for users including improved security through new CCTV cameras, new purpose-built meeting room space, sound insulated pilot rooms and a fresh repaint of the building and the exterior public lookout area.

The public lookout area is expected to be temporarily impacted by the works. Signage will be clearly displayed at the project site during the works to inform of any access restrictions.

The works will take about nine months to complete, weather permitting.

Image: Department of Transport and Main Roads senior project advisor facilities and accommodation Neil McMahon, Fergus Builders director Adam Wright and NQBP engineer Jainesh Parmar.