N$870m government park planned for Swakop

Housing the Erongo regional council and various ministries under one roof carries numerous benefits.

04 August 2019 | Government

Hafeni Ndemula; Erongo regional council; “A contractor has been appointed and the construction process will commence soon.”

Swakopmund - Otis Finck

The construction of a four-storey office park to accommodate the Erongo regional council (ERC), nine line ministries and an estimated 410 employees will commence soon.

According to the draft feasibility study, the assembly of different ministries into one complex comes with obvious advantages such as ease of operation and enhanced communication between the ministries. The complex will also enhance service delivery and sufficiency.

The ERC will occupy four floors, with the ministries of education as well as health and social services each occupying their own multi- storey building.

The feasibility estimate indicates the total escalated project cost could amount to N$870 061 734.

Erf 4732 on the corner of Nelson Mandela Avenue and Daniel Kambho Avenue (Henties Bay Road) in Swakopmund has been proposed for the construction of the envisioned 29 000 sq. metre-sized complex.

The location of the office complex is ideally positioned for its intended function as it is easily accessible to the public.

The entire site measures approximately 8 hectares and the plot has been transferred to the ERC.

The chairman of the ERC, Hafeni Ndemula, recently pointed out in his budget presentation that council is facing a shortage of office space in the region.

Ndemula said that government ministries are renting offices which is too costly and therefore the plan is to construct a government-owned office park to accommodate all the ministries in the region.

“A team of consultants was appointed in the 2016/2017 financial year to conduct the feasibility study which was completed successfully. Council thus made a budgetary provision for the construction of primary bulk services in the 2018/2019 financial year. A contractor has been appointed and the construction process will commence soon.”

The building will accommodate an assembly of multi-storey office blocks for different departments and ministries, configured around courtyards with council chambers, shared services, training rooms, meeting rooms, boardrooms, a resource centre, cafeteria and a gym, as well as a public accessible auditorium capable of accommodating 500 people for conferences.

Van Der Merwe Quantity Surveyors conducted a study to evaluate the need for additional government office space requirements and to identify possible solutions to meet the required needs within the Erongo region in 2008.

The study found that many of the different line ministries, particularly the ERC itself, had insufficient office space and supporting services. It was also evident that in order for the ERC to operate optimally it had to expand or construct new office space.

No office rental space was available close to the current headquarters in Tobias Hainyeko Street while rent for office space had also increased significantly.

The consultant subsequently recommended that all the ministries renting properties in Swakopmund consult with the ERC to come up with a solution.

It was also proposed that an appropriate piece of land be acquired in which both the ERC and various line ministries could be accommodated. The feasibility study for the construction of a modern office complex including shared facilities for the ERC and nine line ministries were subsequently commissioned.

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