Dangerous quarry buildings being demolished – The Royal Gazette
Created: Nov 24, 2022 11:00 AM
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Demolition work has begun at Government Quarry to demolish two buildings that had suffered severe structural damage during a hurricane.
Lt. Col. David Burch, Minister of Public Works, said the old carpentry and paint shop buildings on the site needed major renovations following Hurricane Humberto in 2019.
“The engineering assessment concluded that the structural framework of the buildings was greatly compromised and inadequate for continued use and, therefore, would be extremely hazardous for employees to work on,” he said.
“As a result, the services performed in the buildings have been moved to other locations.
“A price comparison was made for new construction versus a complete renovation of existing structures. The option chosen was to rebuild the structures; thus, a demolition was necessary.
Colonel Burch said that in 2020 the Ministry of Lands and Public Buildings questioned quarry staff whether the project could be done by their staff, but was told they could not.
“Subsequently, the ministry issued a low value procurement request for the completion of the project, to which three contractors submitted quotations in accordance with the Government Code of Practice for Project Management and Procurement,” he added.
“The contract was awarded to the lowest bidder to ensure value for money and is therefore valued at $12,935 – subject to contingencies.”
The minister said quarry staff were briefed on the works several times before demolition work was scheduled to start on November 11.
Work was then delayed until 19 November at the request of management to give staff time to remove their belongings and prepare the buildings.
Colonel Burch added that a feasibility study of the quarry is expected to begin soon and that no decision regarding the future of quarry operations has been made.
He also reaffirmed that no decision would be made without consultation with the Bermuda Industrial Union.
In July Colonel Burch told the House of Assembly that a financial feasibility study would be carried out on the quarry’s operations to provide recommendations for the government’s consideration.
He said at the time: “It’s time to be honest with ourselves – we need to take a serious look at the way we do things and then take the necessary steps to make improvements.
“The quarry depot review is the start of these measures to improve our operations and make them more efficient. I am confident that together we can agree on a plan to make significant improvements to quarry depot operations. »