In a matter of weeks, work will commence on the third phase of the Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC), and repairs to the Flax Administration Building on Virgin Gorda, providing much-needed employment for construction workers.
The BFEC contract, valued at $1.7 million, will be to completely rebuild blocks Two and Four of the facility as well as to replace their respective roofs and refurbish the science lab, the Information Technology lab, the art room, library, bathroom and other areas.
The contract was signed between the Government of the Virgin Islands, the Recovery & Development Agency (RDA), and Quality Construction Limited on Friday.
Flax Admin building
The second contract inked was valued at $1.2 million to reconstruct the Flax Administration Building also on the sister island.
The scope of works will be to rebuild the structure and to refurbishing the internal part of the building.
The building is home to several government departments such as the BVI Post, Social Security, Inland Revenue, Labour, Immigration, Water & Sewerage, Environmental Health, Magistracy, Department of Motor Vehicles, the Civil Registry & Passport Office, and the District Office.
The contract was signed between the government, the RDA and Metro Construction Company.
Both contracts will be funded through the Caribbean Development Bank’s Recovery and Rehabilitation Loan.
Representative for the Ninth District where Virgin Gorda is located, Vincent Wheatley said he was pleased with the new contracts.
“I am indeed very happy today, and I must commend Mr [Anthony] McMaster (CEO of the RDA). He and I spoke it must have been about a month ago, and I said to him, ‘Mr McMaster, in the Ninth District we are going to have some serious unemployment. Hotels closing, can you try and get some projects for me to bring jobs in the community?’”
Wheatley said he is elated to see the fruits of his labour coming to fruition less than a month after the request and that public servants will be once again working in a comfortable environment.
“I encourage you to use as many local persons in the Ninth District as you possibly can,” he told the construction company.
As for the school, Wheatley said he is pleased that when school reopens following the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the students will be back into their upgraded quarters.
Other speakers at the contract signing included Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley, Governor Augustus Jaspert, Deputy Governor David Archer, Jr, and Health Minister Carvin Malone.