Supreme Court orders resumption of Braco bidding process
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
The Supreme Court has ordered the resumption of the bidding process for the Braco Hotel Infrastructure Improvement projects.
Justice Bertram Morrison made the order yesterday when he granted a 14-day injunction against the National Investment Fund Resort Management Company Limited - a subsidiary of the National Insurance Fund.
The application for the injunction for the resumption of the projects was filed by Build-Rite Construction Company and GM & Associates Limited, who are being represented by attorney-at-law Duane Thomas.
The injunction forces the National Investment Fund Resort Management Company Limited to resume the first tender process that was halted and stops it from accepting new bids.
The Supreme Court has also granted an order requiring the National Investment Fund Resort Management Company to comply with the National Contracts Commission's decision to evaluate the bid submitted by Build-Rite Construction with respect to the projects.
The parties are to return to court for a hearing on December 18.
In an affidavit in support of the application, president of the Incorporated Master Builders Association, Carvel Stewart, said in July, the management company invited sealed bids for the two projects to renovate rooms at the Braco Hotel in Trelawny.
Stewart further said Build-Rite Construction Company and GM & Associates Limited had successfully pre-qualified as eligible contractors to bid on the projects.
He said the companies submitted sealed bids before the deadline and Build-Rite Construction's bid was the lowest.
However, the National Investment Fund Resort Management Company Limited later decided to reject Build-Rite’s bid and restart the bidding process.
Stewart said when the matter came to his attention he wrote to the NIF expressing objection to the move.
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