NORTH Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation has announced local company Fergus Builders as the principal contractor for its Hay Point Administration Building refurbishment project.

Home to Maritime Safety Queensland’s Vessel Traffic Services and NQBP’s marine pilots, the project is to include the refurbishment and upgrade of internal fixtures and amenities.

NQBP chief executive Nicolas Fertin said the project would extend the life of the building and cater for continued operation and usage.

“This project is part of the previously announced multimillion-dollar Mackay/Hay Point port infrastructure works program and is the first substantial upgrade undertaken on the building since its construction in the 1980s,” Mr Fertin said.

“Local supplier engagement is a key consideration for all NQBP projects, so we’re extremely proud to partner with Fergus Builders to deliver this major upgrade on the Hay Point Administration Building.”

Fergus Builders director Adam Wright said the project was a real win for his company and the region.

“Fergus will engage a 100% local sub-contractor workforce to assist in the delivery of the works program, so the roll-on benefits from this project will extend across the Hay Point and Mackay region,” Mr Wright said.

The works are expected to deliver benefits for users including improved security through new CCTV cameras, new purpose-built meeting room space, sound insulated pilot rooms and a fresh repaint of the building and the exterior public lookout area.

The works are to take about nine months to complete, weather permitting.