A number of the Government’s major capital projects are progressing apace.
Head of the Barbados Tourism Investment Incorporated, Stuart Layne, told Barbados TODAY this afternoon, that the million-dollar Church Village Redevelopment Project was on scheduled and on budget to be completed in early January next year.
Layne said the project, which will lead into Queen’s Park, comprises an amphi-theatre with a seating capacity for 199 people plus 1,372 standing. He said it would be used for cultural activities.
The BTI chief noted that measures would be put in place to address security concerns.
“There will be daily manual security on site and 24 hour CCTV monitoring. Vandalism has been taken into account with different elements of the design, which includes the seating. Garbage recepticles will also be placed on site to deal with littering,” disclosed Layne.
Investigations by this paper showed that the new Caribbean Examinations Council headquarters at Pine Plantation Road, St. Michael was almost finished and the staff and management scattered at various locations around urban Barbados were in the process of moving out.
“We are preparing to relocate. We are beginning the process for relocation,” added Cleveland Sam, public relations officer for CXC.
Sam has already said operating from a central headquarters would provide for greater efficiency and economies of scale.
Meanwhile, the $43 million new Barbados Water Authority headquarters at the Pine is also taking shape, and is due for completion next year.
The modern 80,000 square foot facility will house all of the BWA’s offices and services under one roof as the authority presently manages five departments located across the island.
Apart from allowing the authority to more efficiently manage its resources, Chairman Dr Atlee Brathwaite has said the new facility would also cut down on its rent bill, which is now close to $2.5 million per year.
The high rise National Housing Corporation housing project at Dalkeith, St. Michael, which started just over a month ago, also appear to be moving ahead as planned.
A Barbados TODAY team which visited the site this afternoon observed the steel structure and concrete foundation already out of the ground.
However, a trip by the team to the Four Seasons location at Black Rock, found only a deserted site with incomplete villas and piles of neatly stacked