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RDA awards four contracts valued over $429K

The Government Administration Building on Anegada. (Photo provided)

The Recovery & Development Agency (RDA) awarded a total of four contracts totalling $429,764.86 to three contractors for projects on Tortola, Virgin Gorda, and Anegada.

The contracts were announced at a signing ceremony held this morning, where the RDA’s Director of Procurement John Primo outlined the details of the contracts.

He said: “This morning we’ll proceed with the signing of four contracts, one for the repairs to the Anegada Administration Building; the second, for the rubberised resurfacing of the basketball court on the Anegada Recreational Ground; the third, for the rubberised resurfacing of the basket court at the Jeffrey A Caines Sports Complex on Virgin Gorda; and the fourth contract for the supply of a 19.7-Watt solar facility for the Ivan Dawson Primary School, Cane Garden Bay.”

For the procurement process for the repairs of the Anegada Administration Building, which is set to be renamed the ‘Theodore Faulkner Administration Building’, a total of five tenders were submitted by the submission deadline.

Of the submitted bids, Rajah Smith of No Limit Construction was selected and awarded a contract valued $209,653.86 and will commence works for the six-month project on March 1, 2021.

The contracts for the rubberized resurfacing of both the basketball courts on Anegada and Virgin Gorda were awarded to Nathan Wong of Alternative Concrete Solutions Limited at a value of $94,423 and $72,308, respectively. Both projects are three months long and are scheduled to commence by next week.

The procurement process for the installation of a solar system at the Ivan Dawson Primary School saw a request being sent to nine firms where two responses were received. Patricia Swan and Christopher Fletch of Atec BVI Limited were selected and awarded a contract totalling $53,380.

Basketball courts have sentimental value to sister islands

Meanwhile, Ninth District Representative Vincent Wheatley spoke on the importance of having the rehabilitation works done to the courts which carries a sentimental value to the residents on the sister islands.

“Basketball is very, very dare to the Virgin Gorda community. For most persons, it may seem just like a basketball court or it’s just a game, but on Virgin Gorda in the Ninth District, it is almost a way of life. We don’t have too many activities on Virgin Gorda of that nature, there’s no cinema or those kinds of stuff so basketball is where a lot of families come together to share and fellowship,” he said.

“Anegada, like Virgin Gorda, lacks activity and I’ve advocated for a long time to Mr McMaster to make sure we get something for the children on Anegada. So I’m so pleased today and on behalf of the Anegada people, I want to thank you for bringing the basketball court back,” Wheatley added.

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  1. Damn says:

    Damn that’s one ugly a** building. They should not only take the At hitects license away they should also take away his diploma. As for the idiots in the government that approved the ugliness please COI check their bank accounts.

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  2. WHEN says:

    Are you ever going to address and fix the incinerator? REALLY, isn’t clean air REALLY. REALLY important?

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    • @ WHEN says:

      Governments come and go and none of them seem to care about the issue with the incinerator. I live in West End and the smoke woke me up from my sleep last night. I could literally taste it in my mouth! This is beyond pathetic and shameful!!

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  3. Hmmmm says:

    When the RDA was being developed under the NDP everyone including the then Opposition Leader had all sorts of negativity to spout. Now we see the fruits of all the planning with all the projects being unveiled. What has this administration done on their own, that they can put their stamp on and say “WE PROMISED THIS AND ACCOMPLISHED THIS!”. Not one thing, all talk.

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    • Hmmmm says:

      You know that is BS. You asked what this Government has done, They took the RDA that was initially setup not to award contracts to locals and made it into an organization that actually award contracts to locals. Your People now Opposition especially Tall Boy said they cannot any longer fight just for BVIslanders. So at that point they put us to compete against outsiders for work in our homeland. Just Like Pier Park, It was not built for Locals so they made it expensive so it was hard for locals to setup shop, now see who is there? You are the one who need to leave the BVI because you have such disdain for Virgin Islanders it is Treasonous. You Need to STFU and move on.

  4. gada possee says:

    We in anegada only hope that them tolians could vote for you wheatley

    • @ gada possee says:

      The reality is this is ONE country and people in Anegada are WELCOMED to bid on any jobs that you’d like on Tortola, VG or JVD. We really have to stop this silly mentality, the country needs to get the best price and services. If you are a quality and competent contractor you would see this as an opportunity to build your business instead of waiting for govt handouts. Basically what I’m trying to say is up your game or get out of the arena! We tired of moving like it’s 1975

  5. Anonymous says:

    Basket ball in Anegada. Nice. Although wouldn’t beach volleyball be a better choice there.

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