Sep 04, 2010 News
Olympic-size pre-fab pool at Pattense…
When will it finish?
Over two years after the initial construction started and a number of missed deadlines, the long-awaited Olympic-size swimming pool at Pattensen, the price tag of which moved from $316 million to $455 million, and which was scheduled to be completed this month, is nowhere near completion.
After a general assessment was made by this newspaper, it is obvious that for the contractor to meet the previously designated deadline, it would take nothing short of a miracle.
A thorough examination of the site revealed that apart from the laying of blocks at the Pump House, little progress has been made since Minister of Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony and the media paid an on-site visit to the facility in early June, shortly after the arrival of the pre-fabricated pool.
The areas surrounding are in the same state as when the Minister visited, while the mound is still heavily grassed and unkempt.
Another area of concern is the cheap-looking, cramped washroom facilities, while the building constructed to host the VIPs appears to be shoddily done, especially in the absence of a ceiling. Kaieteur News believes that hosting dignitaries at such a facility would be an insult.
The Guyana Government is funding the 50 x 25 metre pool.
Myrtha Pools, Italy’s leading pool manufacturer and accredited by the World Governing Body for Swimming, FINA was retained as the supplier, offered technical advice and was also recruited to provide supervisory assistance during its installation.
According to an earlier report, the company with more than 45 years of experience in the field, designs and manufactures most of the components, while its technical department assists with the planning and installation of the pools.
Construction of the pool began in January 2008, but soon after, the project was beset with major problems, which were blamed on the lack of expertise due to the fact that there wasn’t any construction company that had ever undertaken a project of such magnitude before.
That caused a halt in the construction phase, but was subsequently restarted after months of inactivity.
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