Monday, December 18, 2017

$5 million to repair London’s residence


Completed repair work to the Chief Secretary’s residence in Lowlands, Tobago, has cost $5 million.

This figure was revealed by Infrastructure Secretary Gary Melville at yesterday’s weekly media briefing.

Secretary Melville said the initial million-dollar cost increased due to additional work needed as there were changes in the scope of work. A swimming pool has also been installed on the compound.

“They were supposed to demolish certain areas of the house and rebuild those areas, rewire the house, do over the plumbing, expand the master bedroom, expand the kitchen. There were a number of things that were done that were not involved in that initial scope,” Melville said.

Melville noted the assembly is not daunted by the cost as it can be justified. Initial repair works started last December and were estimated to cost $1.2 million.

During the repairs, Toba­go

House of Assembly Chief Secre-

tary Orville London was housed

at Villa #81, Tobago Plantations,

at a monthly cost of $45,000.

The project, which was carried out by the Infrastructure Division, was to be completed on June 30 but continued into July.

The Lowlands residence was built in the early 1950s and occupied by a number of government officers. It was last refurbished in 1994 and 2002.