Supreme Court repairs on target
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)
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.