The Ministry of Local Authorities and Regional Development today launched a call for tenders for the restoration of the Town Hall.
The invitation will be seen as a major first step towards safeguarding the crumbling historic building which has languished for years and has recently been declared unfit for occupation again.
Local Government and Regional Development Minister Nigel Dharamlall told Stabroek News last week that the tender would be published shortly.
The notice published today Sunday Stabroek said the duration of the project is 18 months.
No specifications regarding the work required on the Gothic Revival style building were included in the advertisement. Bids must be submitted no later than July 20 to the National Council for Procurement and Bid Administration.
Dharamlall had told Stabroek News last week that the government would lead the process of restoring the town hall. The minister said he had spoken with the city’s mayor, Ubraj Narine, regarding the relocation of staff from the decrepit building. He noted that Sherry Jerrick, City Clerk (Ag), indicated that council has already started the staff relocation process.
In a recent inspection of the Town Hall building, city engineer Colvern Venture concluded that the building has deteriorated further and that an urgent staff move is required. This assessment coincides with the Guyana Fire Department’s own assessment of the Town Hall building. Fire Chief Kalamadeen Edoo, in a brief comment, said the town hall building in early 2020 had been inspected and various deficiencies were found. Subsequently, he advised that the staff move.
In his budget presentation in February this year, Dharamlall announced that $ 100 million had been allocated for the restoration of the town hall building. He then said that the People’s Progressive / Civic Party (PPP / C) administration is determined to restore the historic building and that work will begin this year. He also said that President Irfaan Ali had set up an inter-ministerial committee to rebuild the city.
It is not known what the complete restoration of the Town Hall and the preservation of its aesthetics will cost.
The original construction of the town hall was completed in June 1889. It was designed by Father Ignatius Scoles.