BSW Regupol signs contract to lay synthetic track
- Project duration: 18 mths, cost: $93,000,000
By Edison Jefford
Germany-based BSW Regupol yesterday signed a $93,000,000 contract for Phase II of the first Synthetic Track and Field Facility in Guyana that consist of the laying of the rubber surface amid other supporting works at the Leonora, West Coast Demerara, site.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony said that Phase II of the project will be implemented simultaneously with Phase I, which include drainage and irrigation works, building two culverts, construction of the main access road among other works. Courtney Benn Contracting Services Limited was awarded the contract for Phase I of the project, which commenced last December. Phase I also include land and foundation preparation and was given a stipulated deadline of six months to be ready for the track. Courtney Been won the award for Phase I after submitting a $124,960,227 bid last year.
Project Manager at Design and Construction Services Limited, which is managing the project for the Government, Patrick Pitt said that the duration of Phase II is also six months.
Anthony stated that the entire time-frame for the completion of the facility is 18 months.
“We want to reinforce our commitment to seeing this project through. We are moving ahead with the second phase as per our schedule. The second phase will depend on the first phase since these have been done to specifications,” Anthony told the media yesterday.
He encouraged Courtney Benn, who was present with his Site Engineer, Jason Harewood and the Regional Representative of BSW Regupol, Trinidadian, Brian Ibrahim to work together to ensure that the project meet all required specifications and desired standard.
“Share your experiences and plan properly before execution,” Anthony said, adding “We’re very optimistic about this project. Our choice on Regupol was based on the presentation they made to us. We had several companies here to make presentations,” he revealed.
The German company laid the track that was used in Berlin 2009 for the World Championships where Jamaican phenom, Usain Bolt set new sprint records. Regupol also laid the track at Mona Campus, University of West Indies and the Jamaican National Stadium.
“Regupol is a world renowned name in athletics tracks. The track at UWI in Jamaica is a replica of the one in Berlin and it augurs well for Guyana to have this level of track as its first facility. It is a Class II track fit for all local and international events,” Ibrahim said.
Ibrahim informed that the track at Leonora will be constructed using modern techniques.
He said the 13mm thick rubber will rest on a sealed asphalted base that a drainage system, similar to that at the National Stadium, will be protecting on the lower surface.