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Legal Aid WA - Perth, WA

Tenant Representation & Project Management

Project 

ACORPP were appointed to relocate an existing circa 265 staff from 6 floors of 55 St Georges Terrace to 5,725sq.m of the part new build development at 32 St Georges Terrace.  ACORPP’s appointment included; Tenant Representative, Project Management and Superintendent Representative roles. 

Client Brief 

ACORPP was initially appointed to review the existing accommodation of the Legal Aid Commission in Perth and to provide a strategy paper and recommendations to enable Legal Aid’s accommodation directions for the next 10 to 15 years.  Extensive negotiations were conducted on multiple sites before terms and accommodation specifications were agreed over 32 St Georges Terrace. Once the commercial terms were agreed, ACORPP co-ordinated and was involved in all Agreement for Lease and finalisation of the Lease documents.

ACORPP were also appointed to undertake base building compliance and are tenant representatives on behalf of Legal Aid with respect to the base building. 

ACORPP appointment as project managers for the fit out aligned with the requirements of the tenant representative role and allowed key input into final lease terms in order to aid with the fit out of the project in line with client timescales and budget.  Acting as project managers, the requirement was to transfer the operational business functions of circa 265 staff of which circa 175 are legal representatives and to ensure the new fit out meets the business needs into the future. This includes the multiple services delivered from this publicly funded organisation.

The project was delivered on site and within budget.  In fact the move in date occurred on the same date identified in the first programme which ACORPP issued more than 2 years prior to the occupation. The budget was achieved with approximately twice the ACORPP Super Rep fee being saved in the process to allow required minor amendments and added value items to be procured after occupation. 

Problem Solving  

The project budget from the initial briefing was tight and was equivalent to the incentives negotiated.  This was responded to through a series of value management exercises which were undertaken to look at functionality as well as engineering requirements. The onus being made on ‘best value’ to the client in providing the public service. 

Additionally expiry of the existing lease did not allow sufficient flexibility from a timing point of view and ACORPP successfully negotiated early access prior to the base building practical completion date so as to commence fitout.