Contact: Corporate Communications Unit, 627-0083
March 17, 2009
The Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago states that an article carried in a daily newspaper dated March 15, 2009 headlined “$732 million and counting,” regarding its Chancery Lane Project is grossly misleading.
The article in its first paragraph erroneously implies that a preliminary estimate of $100 million in 2004 for a design/build construction contract for the Chancery Lane Project, climbed to more than $732 million within a four year span.
This $100 million preliminary estimate for the cost of construction was given before any design was conceptualized, before proposals were invited from contractors and without benefit of consultation with industry experts. Furthermore, the estimate in no way factored, escalating steel, cement and other construction material costs which doubled, and in some instances quadrupled in a matter of months.
Based on Government’s requirements for the building and its emphasis on value for money, there was also a determination to maximize use of the Chancery Lane site, especially in light of the critically needed library, parking facilities and office and retail space in San Fernando.
Proposals were invited from suitably qualified contractors.
Johnston International Limited was awarded the construction contract for $296 million, based on its proposal, its design, construction experience, financial capability, litigation history and project organization.
Costs were incurred which increased the overall cost of the project include:
The 300,000 sq. ft. Chancery Lane Complex will feature several commercial and family-friendly features including: