A complex development


The government announced yesterday that the second development phase of the Manduco Social Services Complex building near Rua de João Lecaros has been officially granted to a consortium comprised of local real estate investment and development company San You Development and Companhia de Fomento Predial e Construção New Tech, Limitada for a cost of MOP193.95 million (US$24.12 million).
The dispatch in the Official Gazette also stated that the payment would be completed by 2020, with the consortium vowing to finish the project in 630 days.
The public tender was announced in March of this year, with 25 companies applying for the project contract of the Manduco Social Services Complex.
Of the 25 applicants, three proposed a shorter completion period and lower budget from the one accepted by the government. The government had previously stated that price and time of completion would be the most relevant factors for choosing the successful tender bid.

Setting the ground
The Manduco Social Services Complex involves the development of a 2,500-square metre centre for providing health care, social and sport services provided by the Social Welfare Bureau (IAS), the Sports Bureau and the Health Bureau.
The complex is planned to be a four-storey building with three underground levels, including parking space for 80 light vehicles and 60 motorbikes.
The first phase of the project related to the development of the building’s foundations and underground levels. The project was awarded to a consortium comprised of Companhia de Construcao Urbana. J&T Lda. and Soc. Construtora Sonnic, Lda. for MOP120.5 million in November 2013, with the group vowing to finish the project within 480 days.
However the project suffered a two-year delay due to problems relating to the underground grid for energy and pipes, and due to changes made to the foundation’s infrastructure, with the overall budget having to be increased, Portuguese newspaper Hoje Macau reported at the time.
Currently, the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) states on its website that the new completion deadline was to have been February of this year, however the project is still described as being ‘in progress’.
The second phase will now focus on the construction of the ground floor and the remaining three aboveground floors, with the government predicting the construction will create 200 new job openings, with priority to be given to local workers.