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lthough the local con-
struction sector has
suffered a decline of
about 50 per cent,
that has not deterred
the owners and oper-
ators of Unicom (Trinidad) Ltd, the
firm in charge of renovations at Pres-
Directors of the construction com-
pany, Marcel and Neela Labban, say
they are ready to proceed with this
massive project, confident of their
two and a half decades of experience
in the sector. They say they can de-
liver the project on time despite chal-
lenges with labour, the slow down in
the economy and fierce competition
in the sector.
Unicom—which is based Frederick
Settlement in Caroni—is classified as
a medium-to-large contractor. The
company, which employ 100 work-
ers, offers construction services and
also does manufacturing for interiors.
The Labbans, who are working
with project co-ordinator Glennder
Rooplal on the President’s House
renovation, said 95 per cent of their
projects are in the private sector.
“We are a firm that is pretty com-
fortable in our domestic market. We
worked in Guyana, St Vincent, St
Lucia and Jamaica. We worked for
Cable and Wireless when they were
rebranding. We did the rebranding
here in T&T when TSTT was re-brand-
Unicom was contracted to build
b-mobile stores on Independence
Square in Port-of-Spain, Library Cor-
ner, San Fernando and Trincity Mall
and managed to deliver those com-
pleted projects within four months.
The company also constructed
TSTT’s dealership stores across the
In the case of President’s House,
Marcel said only about five per cent
of the project involves international
consultants and contractors.
“The next step is mobilisation
which we have already started, build-
ing our team and ensuring we have
the right labour force, equipment and
material procurement. It’s a modify/
design build. We have only been on
the site about a few weeks after the
new President was appointed.”
He added that the company has
been given one month to complete
structural and architectural surveys
to determine the extent of damage
and to formulate a strategy.
“Because the project is a modify,
design, build, a lot of the decisions
are left up to us and the client, so we
are in direct communication with the
client (Udecott) at all times. “
Neela said Unicom officials do not
feel any pressure over having to hand
over the project on time since “that’s
what we are accustomed doing.”
She explained: “Almost all of our
customers are repeat, even Udecott.
We have worked with some of the
most demanding corporate cus-
tomers in the Caribbean. We have
worked for all the financial institu-
tions including the Central Bank of
T&T, as well as the Parliament.”
Labban said Unicom was able de-
velop the project for $30 million less
than other bidders because the com-
pany owns its equipment and exper-
tise and does not need to outsource.
She said the fact that they incorpo-
rate interior design in their business
has made them stand out in the high-
ly-competitive domestic market.
In the face of declines in the sec-
tor, Unicom has been forced to be
more creative to secure more op-
portunities. Trends are showing that
Thursday, April 12, 2018
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FINANCE - ONE (1) POSITION
Unicom’s technical director Marcel Labban, centre, peruses the plan for President’s House with company’s
director Neela Labban, right, and project co-ordinator Glennder Rooplal at their office in Frederick Settlement
PICTURE NICOLE DRAYTON
Unicom to renovate historic building
contractors who generally did
public sector projects are now
competing for the private sector
jobs, which Unicom had been
targeting for years, Neela said.
“Sometimes it might be per-
ceived that a project is padded
but, in fact, most of the time it
“The cost of getting things
done is actually quite high.
high, scaffolding rentals and the
safety standards that go with it
has to be adhered to,” she ex-
Neela hopes recently intro-
duced procurement legislation
will remove obstacles and the
red tape that affect the conduct
of business in the public sector.
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