Gov’t offices going on 2 sites

The two new government accommodation buildings, originally slated for construction next to the Glass House on Elgin Avenue, will be built on separate sites, Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts said last week.

A presentation concerning the office accommodation project was made to the Cabinet two weeks ago by project manager Jim Scott, Mr. Tibbetts said.

‘Certain tasks have been set out for the project manager and this team,’ he said, adding that he expected them to report back to Cabinet by the end of January.

‘Then we’re going to move the project along,’ he said.

Mr. Tibbetts said the project would go out to tender on a design-and-build basis.

‘One of the buildings will go on the Racquet Club site [next to the Glass House],’ he said. ‘We have to finalise where the second building will go.

‘All of the new accommodations will not be on the same site, for various reasons.’

Mr. Tibbetts said Mr. Scott was now working full time with his Ministry to deal with the office accommodation project.

Tendering the project and getting the successful bidder started will take many months.

‘Putting a little pressure on us, I’m hoping the construction on the first building, at least, can start by the end of 2006,’ Mr. Tibbetts said.