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Another deadline for Heroes Park Perimeter Fencing project

Published:Tuesday | February 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Work on the fence at National Heroes Park up to December last year.
Work being done on the perimeter wall at the National Heroes Park yesterday.

The multimillion-dollar perimeter fencing project at the National Heroes Park in Kingston is now scheduled for completion next month.

This follows at least two missed deadlines, with the original date of completion of August 17, 2016 surpassed by about six months.

The Urban Development Corporation (UDC), which has oversight responsibility for the project, said the contractor's failure to proceed diligently with the work led to the delays.


Proposal approved


According to the UDC, the contractor, Black Brothers Incorporated Limited, made a proposal to provide the necessary resources and complete the project, which was reviewed and approved in December 2016.

"Works are proceeding at an improved rate under the new arrangement and progress is being tightly monitored," the UDC said in an emailed response to questions from The Gleaner.

The UDC said it formally notified the contractor of remedies available to the employer under the contract for non-performance.

The cost of the project remains at $152 million, despite the extended period to complete the job. According to the UDC, any increases in cost would be borne by the contractor.

On the question of theft at the work site, the UDC pointed out that up to June 3, 2016, a few minor cases were reported by the contractor.

Among the items stolen from the site are metal posts, support posts for form work, and steel reinforcement bars.

Other minor incidents of theft such as the removal of support posts for the signboard were also reported.

The UDC indicated that the incidents of theft did not hinder the completion of the works.