By Janet Silvera, Freelance Writer
LENNOX LEWIS, the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, has started construction of a 10-bedroom luxury house-cum-villa at the Tryall Club, Hanover.
The house, set to cost $180 million (US$3 million), is being built by the Jamaican-owned company Nubian Construction and will be completed in March 2004.
About a year ago The Sunday Times newspaper of London estimated Lewis's wealth at 30 million pounds.
"His presence here will enhance the resort that is already ranked as an upscale five-star resort in the region," says Ted Ruddock, managing director of the resort. "Anytime you have a name it's a great plus. Let's hope he (Lennox Lewis) brings some celebrities with him."
The house which will have a gym, a mini-theatre, jacuzzis, and four large swimming pools, was designed by noted American Tom Reed of RSI Architects International.
Lewis is of Jamaican parentage and his love affair with Tryall started several years ago, when he became a regular visitor there as a house guest of his friend Mark Hart, one of the property's local homeowners.
However, Lennox Lewis's investment in the property is reported to be just one of the many positives that the resort which once hosted the prestigious Johnny Walker Golf Tournament is experiencing.
"It's interesting to note that people who have not been here for five or six years are coming back and they love Tryall so much, they have already started booking their next vacation," Mr. Ruddock said.