Designs for Parliament Complex redevelopment move forward

Parliament building set for redevelopment

APIA: MONDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2012: The project to redevelop the Parliament Building and complex, Mulinu’u, is on track and construction is to commence in late 2013.

This follows the visit last week of a team of international technical specialists to make progress plans for the redevelopment of the Parliament Complex. This is the third visit by specialists this year for the project, which was announced by Australia’s Governor General Ms Quentin Bryce when she visited Samoa last March.

Besides design, the team conducted environmental, engineering and security assessments for the complex. The team confirmed that the project will include best-practice environmental design and a public consultation process on the final building design in mid-2013.

The project will be funded by the Government of Australia and managed by the Government of Samoa including the Legislative Assembly Office in collaboration with AusAID.

The project is seen as an exciting phase for the partnership between Australia and Samoa and will be an iconic symbol of Samoa’s democracy. The project is also a gift from the people of Australia in recognition of Samoa’s 50th anniversary of independence and of the importance of democratic institutions in Samoa.

During the consultations, the team met with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, the Speaker La’auli Leuatea Polataivao, the Leader of the Opposition Palusalue Faapo, Government ministries, NGOs, and leading figures in the building sector.

Tenders for the redevelopment of the complex are expected to be released in early 2013.