UDeCOTT responds to TV6 News’ Parkade Story

Contact: Corporate Communications Unit, 627-0083

June 5, 2008: The Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago vehemently refutes allegations by a local mechanical contractor which were carried in a TV6 News report on Wednesday night that the Government Campus Parkade could in any way be deemed a fire hazard.

The Fire Services Department granted outline approvals for the partially opened Parkade. The Department also did a site inspection in June 2007 and expressed satisfaction with the hose reels and other measures in place on each level of the Parkade, highlighting that they met safety requirements.

A fire sprinkler system is installed on the ground and mezzanine floors of the car park and in the elevator cores. That system covers the commercial spaces that are not yet open for business and remain unoccupied.

The fire fighting system for the car park floors include = the hose reels and fire extinguishers which are all in place
and operational. The car park stalls do not have a fire sprinkler system as this is not necessary or required by building code.

For almost two years, project manager for the Parkade, Turner Alpha Limited, has instructed the local mechanical contractor at the project site to complete the installation of the full fire system for the Parkade, but without success.

The Public Affairs Department


UDeCOTT is developing the structures that form part of the innovation for lasting
prosperity; the development plan of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.