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Published 15th September 2010, 2:27pm

Minister of Education, Training and Employment, the Hon. Rolston Anglin, JP, today (Wednesday, 15 September) announced the award of the new schools' tender to a company comprising McAlpine (Cayman) Ltd., DECCO Ltd. and Arch & Godfrey (Cayman) Ltd. The successful bidder, for the provision of construction management services at the Clifton Hunter and John Gray campuses, was selected following a competitive tender process. Last Friday, the Central Tenders Committee (CTC) approved the Ministry's recommendation to award the tendered amount of CI$ 2,269,472.00. The Ministry's Evaluation Committee received and evaluated a total of 5 separate bids. Minister Anglin advised that this is a critical step forward in his Ministry's overall strategy for the recommencement and completion of the new schools project. "Once a contract is duly executed, the construction manager will assume responsibility for supervising the trade contractors and the day-to-day construction activities at both sites, which will, at that point, be increased to levels necessary to complete the projects," he stated. He also emphasized the importance of this award for the local construction industry and the employment of Caymanian firms and personnel, at a time when the local industry has been hard hit by the recession. "This award will stimulate the local construction industry, as contracts will be let for various works. It is the intention to sub-contract as many small construction packages as possible, with the aim of maximizing opportunity for the local contractors," he stated. As the Education Minister previously advised, the new construction management services tender was adjusted to account for the re-phasing of the projects, and thus the requirements for construction management services have been awarded accordingly. "The tender scopes of work provide for the completion of the Clifton Hunter first, and an initial focus of work on the John Gray High School on particular buildings which educators have prioritised," he stated. Minister Anglin noted that work on the new schools sites commenced and has continued in a limited way since January 2010, under the supervision of the Ministry's project management team. He explained that this ensured work was performed which was necessary and critical to preserve warranties, protect existing interior work and to make conditions safe, all with a goal to mitigating costs going forward. Minister Anglin also emphasized that these interim works have already had a positive impact on the local construction industry. "Under the Ministry's direction, this interim work benefited many small local contractors by affording them opportunities to bid and be awarded a range of small concrete and site works," he said. The Minister advised that it is anticipated that the construction manager will be mobilized within the next 30 days.