According to a statement released
by the government Wednesday, the Cayman Islands government and Caribbean Mechanical
(High Schools 2008) Ltd have mutually agreed to terminate their interim
relationship on the construction of the two public high schools.
The joint statement claimed this
“interim relationship” was forged in the aftermath of the original project contractor,
Tom Jones International, walking off the job sites late last year.
After that, the Cayman Islands
government assumed responsibility for Caribbean Mechanical’s contracts to
ensure the continuation of certain work at the project sites, pending the
appointment of a new construction management team.
“Both parties anticipated that this
interim arrangement would be terminated at an appropriate time, and this is
exactly what the parties have now agreed to do,’ according to the statement
The termination of the contracts is
part of the transition process to the management of both projects by the new
construction management team, according to the government.
Officials anticipated that the new
construction management team would “shortly mobilise”. Work at the project
sites will increase to full capacity under their supervision.
The government statement claimed
that no delays had occurred on the work site because of Caribbean Mechanical’s
removing its workers from the sites earlier this month.
However, the government also
acknowledged that Caribbean Mechanical was far ahead of other subcontractors on
the site, and other subcontractors needed time to catch up.
According to a joint statement
released by the Cayman Islands Education Ministry and the subcontractor earlier
this month, Caribbean Mechanical (High Schools) Ltd 2008 – which was the main
subcontractor on the schools project – was 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 say that his company remained committed to finishing the
work on the schools and assisting the government.
There was no mention in any
previous government releases about the contract with Caribbean Mechanical being
an “interim relationship”.
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.