Series VPRS 3157
Contract Documents, Architectural and Engineering
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Date Range: Series Circa 1940 - cont
  Series in Custody Circa 1940 - 1974
  Contents Circa 1940 - 1974
Public Access: Part Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1938 - 1973 Housing Commission of Victoria VA 508
1973 - 1987 Ministry of Housing VA 609
1987 - 1991 Ministry of Housing and Construction VA 2907
1991 - 1992 Department of Planning and Housing VA 3013
1992 - 1996 Department of Planning and Development VA 3094
1996 - cont Department of Human Services VA 3970
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1996 - cont Department of Human Services VA 3970
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  • How to use the Records
    There is no index or register available for this series in custody.

    However, a card index exists in the Reprographics and Plan Room at the Office of Housing at the Department of Human Services. Contracts are organised by address showing both the plan and contract numbers. The index is still used to retrieve plans attached to the contract documents in the DHS.

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of Architectural and Engineering contract documents. The Architectural and Engineering branches were part of the Technical Division of the Housing Commission. The divisions major responsibilities were the servicing of land and the letting of contracts.

    Under the provisions of the Slum Reclamation and Housing Act 1938, the Housing Commission was given wide ranging powers for the making of by-laws to regulate the erection and construction of buildings. The Housing Commission was able to regulate the type of materials used and the manner in which they were used.

    As a consequence, plans and specifications by an interested Contractor had to be submitted before any works could commence. The contract documents were therefore crucial to ensure that the Housing Commission and the Contractor were in mutual agreement on Housing Commission standards and obligations.

    This series provides a record of the erection and construction of Housing Commission estates that continue to be inhabited today. This series also defines Housing Commission standards and specifications.

    The majority of the contracts were for construction of Housing Commission estates, however some were for demolitions and removals. The envelopes often contained plans and some envelopes also included correspondence of the tendering process.

    The contract documents outlined the terms and conditions of the Housing Commissions contractual process. The contracts contained the following information:

    Letter of Contractors acceptance
    Summary of tender
    Applications of rise and fall
    Schedule of costs for individual dwelling units
    Schedule of basic costs
    Bill of quantities
    Appendices
    Time schedule
    Housing Commission Standards ie. standard villa specifications.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The contract documents are in envelopes in numerical order.

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