Statement

Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture
Release Date:
Friday, 6 March 2020 - 4:52pm

MINISTRY OF EDCUATION, CULTURE, YOUTH AFFAIRS, FISHERIES AND AGRICULTURE

STATEMENT ON THE PAVILION AT THE A. O. SHIRLEY RECREATION GROUND
6th March, 2020

The A. O. Shirley Recreation Ground is a top priority in the recovery of the Territory as it is the premier location for sports training and competitions, namely track and field, soccer and rugby.

This project is being managed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture (MECYAFA), and is  supported by The Recovery and Development Agency (RDA).

To date, the following activities have been delivered:

  • installation of a new running surface to facilitate athletics
  • air-conditioned bathroom facilities for both male and female
  • construction of the Wall and Gates for the External Perimeter Fence
  • bathroom Groundworks and Drainage
  • the Internal Trackside Fence

The following activities are currently being delivered:

  • the design, supply and installation of stadium lighting
  • the repairs to the grandstand, gym and sickbay

The final activity, the repairs to the pavilion, is presently being procured by the RDA. The Ministry having held further extensive consultations with stakeholders and potential funders, decided to be more ambitious with its scope and instead of rebuilding the existing structure, has decided to develop a larger, more modern, multi-faceted facility to cater to the needs of the Territory.

In light of this, the RDA has been asked to cancel the tender and to plan for a more ambitious top-class facility, which can be achieved through intensive collaboration and partnership.

To the contractors who have started the bidding process on the pavilion through the RDA, we acknowledge that you have already invested in your bids thus far, and we apologize for any inconvenience caused by the cancelation. However, the decision to re-tender a more ambitious plan for the pavilion is a positive step, and we look forward to the RDA engaging with all contractors in the building of a premier pavilion.

We thank you for your continued support as we continue to work in partnership with the RDA and our communities, to deliver the Government of the Virgin Islands’ plan to build the BVI Stronger, Smarter, Greener, Better.