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Update on The Red House

Contact: Corporate Communications Unit, 627-0083

January 22, 2008:The Restoration of the Red House is one of the main projects underway by the Urban Development Corporation of T&T (UDeCOTT). This project includes the complete refurbishment and modernization of the existing 100 year old building to serve as the Office of The Prime Minister and a Museum of Parliament. Some of the works include replacement of damaged roofing, beams and floors as well as the reconfiguration of the internal room layout and ceiling and floor finishes – while at the same time maintaining the historical and architectural integrity of the building. The building will also be brought to modern-day standards with new rewiring for electrical supply, voice/data, security and fire alarms. Additionally, the new Red House will be structurally strengthened to resist damage by earthquakes and other natural disasters. New plumbing, sprinkler systems, elevators and air conditioning systems will also be included in the refurbishment of this historic building.

Demolition of the South Wing is completed and the structural works have begun with completion scheduled within a six month period.

To date, two contracts have been awarded to local firms for demolition and structural works. Canadian firm, Genivar Trinidad and Tobago and local firm, Bynoe Rowe Wilshire are the architects behind the new design, and Genivar is the project manager for this refurbishment work. The foreign supervision experts in attendance will be using this project as an opportunity to transfer new knowledge, skills and techniques to locals; in fact, Genivar will be introducing a foreign roofing slate installation specialist to spend several weeks training local tradesmen

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