Barbadians should be able to see physical structures going up on the site of the former Sam Lord’s Castle in St Philip by January next year.
Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Tourism Investment Incorporation (BTII) Stuart Layne has also assured that the US$200 million transformation of the historic hotel into the Wyndham Grand Resort is on target for completion by the end of 2019.
“We are pouring the foundation right now and we still have a projection that this project will be completed by the end of 2019,” Layne told Barbados TODAY on Tuesday, while promising to issue a comprehensive update on the project by the end of the week.
Work on the multi-million dollar luxury resort began in June 2016 with the demolition of the old Sam Lord’s Castle buildings, which had been gutted by fire back in October 2010.
The redevelopment is being funded by a US$240 million loan from the People’s Republic of China and will see to the addition of 450 rooms to the island’s overall room stock, as well as the creation of over 1,000 jobs.
However, it has not come without its fair share of controversy.
The latest concern voiced by Barbadians has been over the erection of sign posts at the St Philip site that were written in Chinese.
However, while stating that the signs were mounted in error, Layne assured that they were no longer an issue as they had been removed from the site on Monday.
He also assured that it was not an indication that the hotel jobs were going to Chinese workers.