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Restoration work on the Red House which began in 2016 is projected to be completed in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, according to Government’s 2019 Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP).
The PSIP plans for 2019 works as part of the 2019 Budget documents accompanying the Finance Ministry’s Budget presentation on Monday.
The PSIP document stated the Red House restoration works commenced in December 2016 with overall project progress “at 30 per cent” in fiscal 2018. This includes structural ongoing works on Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) systems. It is estimated the project would be completed in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
The PSIP allocated $44 million for restoration and retrofitting of important historical heritage buildings and related heritage infrastructure including President’s House. On the restoration of the latter project, a contractor has commenced mobilisation efforts with the erection of scaffolding and demolition work at that location. An architectural team is finalising the spatial allocation of the Main House.
Designs are also being finalised for the Prime Minister’s Residence (Tobago) Project. Approval was given for the project and implementation budget.
The approach for the White Hall Restoration Project has been re-evaluated and will now be executed through engagement of a number of smaller contractors. Work packages are being prepared to commence the tendering process.
A $14 million allocation is earmarked in the PSIP for upgrades to prevent flooding in certain North and South low lying areas. Upgrades will be done on existing drainage pumps and gate inventory. This involves procurement of eight static pumps for Sea Lots, Debe, El Socorro, Penal and Bamboo Villages Numbers 1, 2 and 3.
The sum of $30 million will be provided for the implementation of projects under the National Programme for the Upgrade of Drainage Channels and $10m will be spent to start projects under the Major River Clearing Programme concerning the Caroni River. This will assist St Helena, El Socorro and Caroni.
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