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Report to help Govt decide fate of Brian Lara Cricket Academy

By Carolyn Kissoon carolyn.kissoon@trinidadexpress.com

A complete conditions survey at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy was conducted and submitted to the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT) on the future of the sporting facility.

UDeCOTT’s media manager Roxanne Stapleton-Whyms said the report included architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical and civil surveys. 

Stapleton-Whyms said the report on the findings of the surveys and construction cost to complete the facility, with supporting documentation, were reviewed by UDeCOTT’s board of directors. 

“The UDeCOTT board reviewed the report and made recommendations on the way forward. A timeline to completion has not yet been identified,” she said.

Stapleton-Whyms said the cost to complete the Cricket Academy will be dependent on the scope of works and any remedial works deemed necessary.

Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal said late last year that the facility will cost an estimated $190 million more to complete.

He said Cabinet was awaiting the report to determine the future of the facility.

Construction of the stadium, part of the Tarouba Sporting Complex, was conceived in 1999 and was expected to be completed in time to host matches for the 2007 Cricket World Cup. 

The project, which became the subject of a Commission of Enquiry after multiple delays, cost overruns, and claims of corruption, was cited in a lawsuit filed against former executive chairman of UDeCOTT, Calder Hart. 

The facility was expected to include an Olympic-size swimming pool, a world-class cycling facility, a school for sports and the cricket academy.

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