Supreme Court re­pairs on tar­get

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - News - THE RECORD

DIS­PLACED WORK­ERS at the be­lea­guered Supreme Court Com­plex should be back in the build­ing by March.

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Dale Mar­shall, in giv­ing an up­date on the state of the build­ing yes­ter­day, said re­pairs to the Whitepark Road, St Michael fa­cil­ity were right on sched­ule.

The ju­di­cial com­plex, which houses the High Courts, Reg­is­tra­tion De­part­ment and Court Pros­e­cu­tors’ Of­fice, has been closed since last May, af­ter work­ers com­plained of feel­ing ill as a re­sult of on­go­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues re­lated to mould.

Back then, Na­tional Union of Pub­lic Work­ers gen­eral sec­re­tary Roslyn Smith called it a “sick build­ing” and urged work­ers to stay away for their health’s sake.

Last No­vem­ber, at the open­ing of the law term, Mar­shall had in­di­cated re­me­dial work had been pushed back, and they were work­ing with a Fe­bru­ary 2019 dead­line.

“Works be­gan as sched­uled and are on course to be com­pleted by the end of Fe­bru­ary for every­one to move back in the build­ing in March. There is ex­ten­sive work to be done. It is a huge un­der­tak­ing and quite un­like re­pair­ing the roof of a house,” he ex­plained dur­ing a tele­phone in­ter­view yes­ter­day.

He added that prepara­tory works to the roof were un­der way, af­ter the $2.5 mil­lion con­tract had been put to ten­der.

“Ma­te­ri­als had to be or­dered and one of the con­tain­ers is in the

Port as we speak, and the other is on the high seas. You would ap­pre­ci­ate that the clean­ing of the in­side can­not be done un­til re­pair works on the roof have been com­pleted,” he said.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Mar­shall said the chillers, part of the air-con­di­tion­ing unit, which were out of ser­vice, would all be re­placed.

Pressed as to which con­trac­tors were con­duct­ing the work, he said they in­cluded TMR Sales and Ser­vices Ltd and Wil­liams In­dus­tries.

“There is no is­sue dis­clos­ing the con­trac­tors. It is no se­cret, but I can­not re­mem­ber all of them off the top of my head and I don’t want to be quoted in­cor­rectly,” he said. (RA)

(Pic­ture by Jameel Springer.) (FP)

SCAF­FOLD­ING and skips on the out­side of the Supreme Court Com­plex, where re­me­dial works are on­go­ing. AT­TOR­NEY GEN­ERAL Dale Mar­shall says re­pairs should be com­pleted by the end of next month.

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