Schools subcontractor pulls off construction sites

One of the major
subcontractors working on the completion of Grand Cayman’s
two new public high schools finished work at the two school construction sites
Monday and pulled their remaining workers out for the time being.

According to a joint statement
released by the Cayman Islands Education Ministry and the subcontractor
Wednesday, Caribbean Mechanical (High Schools) 2008 – the subcontractor – is
awaiting certain works by other subcontractors hired for the schools project.

“Caribbean
Mechanical (High Schools 2008) Limited has begun to demobilise its workers from
both of the sites of the new high schools as Caribbean Mechanical’s work is now
in advance of the other trades,” the joint statement read. “This will allow the
new construction management arrangements to be implemented.”

Caribbean Mechanical
(High Schools) 2008 Chief Executive Alan Roffey declined to comment when
contacted by the Caymanian Compass, other than to state that his company
remained committed to finishing the work on the schools and assisting the
government.  

According
to the government’s joint statement: “The
Cayman Islands Government anticipates that the arrangements with the new (schools
project) construction manager, including mobilisation of its work force, should
be finalised this week. In addition, the Ministry is also preparing to
issue multiple new trade contracts to the contractors who will be managed by
the new construction manager and additional tender packages, for a number of
work scopes, which will be advertised in the next two weeks.”

The government statement did
not indicate whether the delay would cost it any more money.

The schools construction
projects have faced interminable delays since the former contractor on the
project – Tom Jones International – walked off the job site last year.

Please see much more on this story in Friday’s editions of the Caymanian Compass… 

1 COMMENT

  1. It is quite interesting that this major contractor has chosen such a time to pull out from the Schools. Does anyone know the real reason

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