A multi-million-revamp of the Busselton Jetty that will include a high-tech underwater simulator is set to begin in a matter of weeks after a local builder was awarded the contract for the works. Perkins Builders will lead the $26 million Mk2 Jetty Village project at the world-famous spot, which will comprise the technology-based educational facility, new food and beverage spaces, dining area, exhibition space and three new vehicles to transport the public to the end of the jetty. Construction of the new facility will begin in October and is expected to be completed in 2023. Busselton Jetty chair Barry House said the organisation was pleased to announce a local builder would be carrying out the new works. “Over the past six years, customers have told us they want more to see and do at the end of the jetty so we went looking for a local partner who could deliver outcomes locally during construction and after,” he said. “Just as the jetty is an award-winning company, Perkins is an award-winning company that strives for excellence and is committed to leaving a legacy from work it is proud of.” Perkins Builders managing director Dan Perkins said the project was an exciting addition to the company’s extensive portfolio throughout the South West, including the Busselton and Capes region. “Its uniqueness and specific challenges have engaged and excited our team, as opportunities out of the normal do, and this build very much fits that category,” he said. “This project will become a fantastic tourism drawcard to our magnificent South West and Perkins look forward to working closely with the very experienced BJI team and the broader group of contributors to the project, many of whom are local residents and businesses, to bring this highly anticipated project to fruition.” The village is expected to open at the end of June next year.