Architect releases renderings of downtown park, Christian Heritage Monument
The Cayman Islands government is fielding proposals from local contractors for the construction of downtown’s Christian Heritage Park – the official name of which is now Jubilee Park.
Citing the ongoing bid process, officials declined to comment on the anticipated cost of the project, scheduled to be finished by National Heroes’ Day on 23 January, 2012. However, the project’s lead architect, Sean R. Evans, who is acting deputy director of development and planning at the Public Works Department, did release renderings of the completed Park and Christian Heritage Monument on North Church Street.
Mr. Evans is also the designer of the existing Heroes Square, of which the new park and monument will be an extension.
“The park’s design continues the nautical theme of Heroes Square; and incorporates the Christian Heritage Monument as its centrepiece and focal point of this proposed large public green-space for central George Town. The monument will contain a bronze bell and will serve not only as a symbol of Cayman’s Christian heritage, but will also be the only publicly accessible observation vantage point above 40 feet high in George Town with stunning views to the waterfront,” Mr. Evans said in an email.
According to tendering documents, the roof of the bell tower will rise roughly 44 feet above the ground and will be topped with a cross. The tower features an observation deck about 20 feet high. The site plan also includes walkways, a gazebo, restroom facilities and five national heroes bust platforms.
“A formal path consisting of bronze heroes busts, now called ‘The Walk of Heroes’, will lead north from Heroes Square on axis with the Christian Heritage Monument which is itself encircled by a ‘Walking Mall’ for leisure. Large shade trees and a large gazebo will provide shaded spaces throughout the park. Lounging will be provided for by park benches, terraced grassed lawns and terraced seating incorporated within the monument’s base structure. There will be on-site restroom facilities. The design material palette consist of mostly indigenous material finishes; such as Cayman Rock, Ironwood, Limestone and Caymanite accents,” Mr. Evans said.
Bids will be considered until 2 September, with physical construction to begin in mid-September, he said.
Each platform will be able to include two bronze busts, and there is space in the site plan for an additional platform in the future. Cayman currently has seven national heroes. The groundbreaking on the project, at the old Tower Building site behind the Legislative Assembly building, took place in late April in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving.
The total footprint of the project is 3,488 square feet, with the Bell Tower taking up 1,205 square feet. The gazebo will be 361 square feet, and the restroom facility will be 348 square feet. The project also entails creating a new parking lot for the Legislative Assembly Building.
“To allow the physical and visual connection between Heroes Square and the proposed park (‘The Walk of Heroes’), we had to remove the existing LA parking lot, and accommodate a new and improved, secure parking facility to the rear of the LA Building. The new LA parking will be segregated from the proposed Jubilee Park by an eight foot tall, tastefully designed wrought iron and concrete fence,” Mr. Evans said.
Working with Mr. Evans are project manager Anson Stuart and assisting project designer Cari Anderson.