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Posted: Friday 27 January, 2023 at 9:53 AM

Govt. informs why National Printery building not completed

By: Staff Reporter,

    …works expected to be completed soon


    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - AFTER being stalled for a number of years, the Dr. Terrance Drew-led administration is pushing to get the National Printery on Church Street, Basseterre completed under the supervision of a project manager.


    An explanation was recently given on the reason why the EC$1.5M project has not been completed following its 2017 start period. 


    “Part of the challenge that was holding up the Printery was the way in which it was structured,” Dr. Drew said.


    He explained that the contractor was summoned and he “expressed a number of concerns of him not being able to complete the project”. 


    A decision has now been taken to ensure that a project manager would complete the project under the supervision of the Office of the Prime Minister.


    “..we hope to complete it sometime within this year,” Dr. Drew stated.


    According to the St. Kitts-Nevis Information Service (SKNIS), the  project was being managed by engineer Warren Thompson of Construction Management and Consulting Agency, with a completion date of September 2019.


    SKNIS also stated that while speaking with staff members of the facility back in 2019, then Permanent Secretary, Osbert DeSouza “assured them that the new Printery building is advancing quickly and by the end of the year it should be operational”.


    When completed, the building will accommodate the printery machines in the ground floor, along with conference rooms and office space through the other floors.


    The building is also expected to be outfitted with wheelchair ramps and an elevator.


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