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The expected completion date
for restoration works on the Red
House has been pushed back to
January 2016, the Urban Devel-
opment Company of T&T (Ude-
cott) has stated.
In February, based on informa-
tion from Udecott, the T&T
Guardian reported that the restora-
tion project would be completed
by the first quarter of 2015.
The project was initially expected
to be completed by December 2014,
the T&T Guardian report stated.
According to Udecott, the dis-
covery of human bones and project
management issues caused delays.
In April, the human bones, which
date between 430 AD and 1390 AD,
were discovered during excavation
work on the building located on
Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain.
"Work has slowed considerably
due to the recent discovery of the
bones. We had to pause because
the area is critical to people in
T&T," a source from Udecott said.
At present, an archaeological
team is working in the area where
the bones were discovered, while
work in the surrounding areas con-
tinues, the source said.
Describing the work being done
on the iconic building as "prelim-
inary," the Udecott source said the
"real" restoration work hasn t start-
ed.The Udecott official said designs
are currently being formulated by
a historical architect.
After the designs are completed
tenders for the restoration work
would go out, the source said.
According to an e-mail from
Udecott, work under Udecott s
tenure began in 2005 and has cost
the company $84,180,037.04 so far.
Restoration works on the "home
of the Parliament" started under
the National Insurance Property
Development Company (Nipdec)
more than ten years ago, according
to newspaper reports.
In 2011, the People s Partnership
Government announced that tax-
payers had spent $200 million over
an eight-year period on the restora-
tion of the historic building.
Based on information on
Nipdec s Web site, the "full-scale"
restoration was expected to cost
$100 million over a five-year peri-
od.In October 2011, the Parliament
moved to the International Water-
front Centre on Wrightson Road,
Port-of-Spain, to clear the way for
Preliminary works done on the
building include construction of an
underground plant room at the
western side of the compound,
construction of a temporary roof
above the South Chamber and the
South Link, dilapidation surveys,
demolition of modern-era con-
struction elements, asbestos
removal and excavation of the foun-
Red House upgrade to
be completed by 2016
Although work has recently
slowed, the restoration of
Stollmeyer's Castle is expected be
completed by December of this
The building is one of the
Magnificent Seven and is located at
Queen's Park Savannah West, Port-
According to an e-mail from
Udecott, restoration work began in
January 2008 and is now 90 per
In an interview, a source from
Udecott said work on the building
has slowed because the company
was awaiting funding from the
Office of the Prime Minister.
"The funding is expected any
time now. Once we receive that
funding, work should be completed
within three months," the source
The contractor is doing remedial
work which involves correcting
minor defects in and around the
building, the source said.
The historic building, originally
called Killarney, was initially
earmarked to be used as a "protocol
house" for visiting dignitaries.
However, according to the source,
the use of the historic building has
not been finalised, but the Office of
the President has expressed
interest in it.
The Udecott source said the
scope of works for Whitehall is still
being developed and restoration
work has not started.
"Once the scope of works is
finalised, a budget will be
determined and then the project
will go out for tender."
Meanwhile, restoration work on
President's House, which falls under
the Ministry of Works and
Infrastructure, is expected to be
completed in the latter part of
2015, according to Zanim Ali,
director of construction at the
Asked if any work has been done
on the building located on Circular
Road, St Ann's, he said: "No work
has been done except for a
temporary roof over the collapsed
Ali said he is "hoping" that
preliminary work, which involves
building a temporary roof over the
structure, would begin in August.
The tendering process for the
complete restoration, he said, would
begin in November.
According to a T&T Guardian
report in March, Ali said work was
earmarked to begin in May.
Ali said the layout of the
President's House has been
finalised but needs to be validated
by President Anthony Thomas
The initial design of the restored
building, which was completed in
2007, had to be changed due to the
collapse of part of the building in
May 2010, he said.
The designs are now being
finalised, he added.
Stollmeyer's Castle: expected completion---December 2013; 90 per cent complete
Whitehall: scope of works being developed
President's House: expected completion---2015; preliminary work to start in August
Red House: expected completion---January 2016; preliminary work ongoing.
Stollmeyer's Castle and Whitehall
have been earmarked by the Cabinet
and President Anthony Thomas
Aquinas Carmona as prospective
locations for the Office of the
In a telephone interview, Napier
Tillai, executive director to the
President, said Cabinet has been in
discussions with the President on
the issue of the location of the
Office of the President.
"Two possible locations came up---
Stollmeyer's Castle and Whitehall---
but no decision has been made and
discussions are still ongoing."
At present, Tillai said, the Office of
the President is located at Circular
Road, St Ann's.
In March, Minister of Housing,
Land and Marine Affairs, Dr Roodal
Moonilal, described Whitehall as a
good facility for the Office of the
The Red House
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
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