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Local architect suggests gov't abandon MoU with Chinese firm in gov't circle development

Published:Sunday | June 25, 2017 | 6:14 PM
Local architect Clifton Yap

Prominent local architect, Clifton Yap, says the government should put a stop to the arrangement with the Chinese and other players should be invited to participate in the development of Government Circle.

Writing in today's Gleaner, Yap said other state agencies involved in local planning, design, engineering and environmental professionals, as well as community interests in the affected areas, and civil society should be invited to review the UDC's master plan. 

He says after that exercise, individual buildings and infrastructure should be prioritised, put out for tender in smaller packages and pursued in phases.

Yap, who is the chairman of the of the Jamaica Institute of Architects' College of Fellows, says pursuing the project in smaller and more manageable phases, will ensure that maximum employment benefits accrue to businesses and the Jamaican workforce at all levels.