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Contractors review plans for the John Gray and Clifton Hunter High School projects.

Published 7th December 2010, 4:29pm

More than 50 representatives from Cayman's construction industry turned out to hear more about the new schools' projects at a Thursday, 2 December, meeting hosted by Education, Training and Employment Minister, Hon. Rolston Anglin. Explaining his ministry's strategy, he said there would be opportunities for a wide range of sub-contractors to participate in both the John Gray and Clifton Hunter projects. "If this initiative is to have the desired impact, it's important to establish a level playing field, which will allow all contractors an opportunity to bid on the various tender packages," he commented. "This is especially important at a time when the local construction industry has been hard hit by the recession." He noted, however, that sub-contractors would have to compete for the work. "This approach favours both contractor and ministry interests," he said. "Everyone will have a chance to participate, and at the end of the day the best 'man' will win." Attendees were updated on project status by Project Manager Larry Allocco and briefed on remaining tender packages by Ministry Project Liaison Thomas Ebanks. Eligibility criteria, which contractors must meet before applying for any of the remaining tenders, include current health insurance and pension plans for their staff, as well as current public liability- and workman's compensation insurance. Contractors were advised to stay tuned to local media through which tender announcements would be advertised. More than 20 are scheduled for publication by 30 December, and another 38 between 6 January and 30 April 2011. (GIS)