Trinidad company to oversee redesign, rebuild St Rose’s
St Rose’s High School, long seen as one of Guyana’s premier secondary schools, will be torn down, redesigned and reconstructed. A company, Byno-Rowe Wiltshire Partnership of Trinidad, has been awarded a contract that will see it providing consultancy and supervisory services to this effect.
This was revealed by Minister of State Joseph Harmon during a post-Cabinet briefing on Friday. According to Harmon, Cabinet gave its no-objection to a contract to reconstruct St Rose’s High School; a project being administered under the Education Ministry.
The contract is in the sum of US$134,790. Last year, the Trinidad consultant had bid for the project alongside E&A Consultants Incorporated, Innovative Engineering Consultancy Services, Kali Tech Incorporated and Design Ateliar and Associates.
Back in 2015, a fire had erupted at the school which is over a century old. The fire started in one of the school’s laboratories, but an alarm was raised and a quick response from the Guyana Fire Service averted a scenario where the entire school may have been gutted.
Meanwhile, Harmon also announced that contracts to design landfill sites at Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni); Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni); and Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) were among the other contracts totalling millions of dollars.
On the heels of a survey that established the demand, Harmon made known that a $27.9 million contract was also awarded to S and K Construction Services. This, he said, was for the construction of a special needs school at Schoonord, West Bank Demerara.
Harmon stated that the survey found that many children residing in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) with disabilities required special skills training.
The Minister of State also revealed that BK International will be tasked with constructing a $36.1 million women’s dormitory at the Bina Hill Institute, Annai, Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo).
Bedford House, he also told the media, will be rehabilitated with a $24.2 million contract being awarded to Vision General Construction Services.
Contracts totalling some $189.6 million were also awarded to five companies to procure new and reconditioned vehicles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), flashlights with sirens and bicycles for the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).
In addition, a contract worth $20 million was awarded to Rose Ramdehol Auto Sales for the supply of four reconditioned minibuses for Indigenous communities.
A $5 million contract was also awarded to F and H Printing Establishment, while a $29 million contract was awarded to Eniath’s Printing Company Limited to supply and delivery readers and workbooks that will be distributed at the national nursery level.
According to Harmon, Cabinet’s no-objection was also given to contracts valued $18.2 million which went to KP Thomas Contracting Incorporated to install an elevator at the New Linden Hospital Complex.
A $110 million contract was also awarded to Khemraj Nauth Contracting Services for the upgrading of roads and the installation of water distribution mains at Zeeburg and De Willem, West Coast Demerara.
Contracts were also awarded to: J R Ranch Incorporated for the rehabilitation of the roadway stretching from Lot One – Brian Sucre Junction to Mahdia; Mekdeci Mining Company Incorporated for rehabilitation of the roadway stretching from Lot 2 – Eagle Mountain foot to Konawaruk Junction; and to SRT Mining and Contracting Services in order to rehabilitate a pontoon structure at Trafalgar, West Coast Berbice.