End of line for Q’town council’s property contractor



Queenstown’s council’s bringing most of its property management services in-house
from Thursday.

It marks the end of an era for APL Property, which has been contracted to run these services for some decades.

Property-related functions the council’s taking back include leases, licences and permit-
related matters, and building management services.

Council PR man Jack Barlow says APL Property’s contract was expiring on Wednesday at
the same time as the current 10-year plan.

He notes council’s been moving towards a more centralised approach to delivering property services, and a small team already manages existing facilities, oversees the construction of new facilities and manages the council’s vehicle fleet.

However, he adds a number of professional property services like valuations will still require external advisers.

‘‘Council is currently evaluating panel suppliers for these services through an open market tender process.’’

Barlow says it thanks APL for its ‘‘considerable contribution to successfully delivering a range of property services over a number of decades’’.

City Hall’s taken back other contracted-out services in the past.

From ’98, it contracted out regulatory and resource management services to a company called CivicCorp.

Nine years later, it paid CivicCorp $3.05 million to take back those services in-house.