Mar 24, 2017 News
The bidding process has been opened for suitably qualified contractors to be awarded the contract of rehabilitation works to the iconic Stabroek Market clock.
The clock is expected to receive a US$41,000 rehabilitation as a result of an agreement between the United States Embassy and the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC).
The Council made the official announcement during a meeting with US Ambassador Perry Holloway at City Hall, last October.
At the meeting City Mayor, Patricia Chase-Green, said that with the help of the US Embassy, Guyanese will be able to obtain the benefits of the downtown landmark.
“The clock which has not functioned for a number of years will once more be in working order, notifying commuters of downtown Georgetown of each passing hour.”
“The clock once mechanically powered, will now be electrically powered with the use of solar energy. It is in keeping with our President’s vision of a green economy and safeguarding our environment,” Chase-Greene had said.
US Ambassador, Perry Holloway, had offered the repairs as gift of the United States on the 50th Anniversary of the nation’s independence.
Guyana has enjoyed 50 years of diplomatic relations with the United States.
Additionally, Holloway who touted his admiration for the structure, concluded that the view from the top of the Stabroek Market clock tower is nothing short of spectacular.
The US Ambassador suggested that the area open to locals and tourists for a nominal fee. Holloway said that after seeing the city from various vantage points, he is convinced that Stabroek Market has the best view.
The City had expressed intention in starting the work at the start of this year.
According to information received yesterday, the Georgetown M&CC has since invited stable and qualified contractors to bid for “the Rehabilitation of the Stabroek Market Clock facilities.”
Tenders can be uplifted at the office of the Town Clerk of M&CC every day until April 4, next, at 15:30 hours.
The information outlined that “all tenders must be accompanied with a valid Guyana Revenue Authority, (GRA) compliance, National Insurance Scheme (NIS) compliance; Business Registration Certificate, (RBC).
“Bid documents will be available for a non-refundable fee of $3000.”
The Stabroek Market was designed and constructed by the Edgemoor Iron Company of Delaware, USA, over the period 1880-1881. Construction of the iron and steel structure was completed in 1881 and may be the oldest structure still in use in the city.
Designed by an American engineer, Nathaniel McKay, this market houses a wide variety of items for sale. The market covers an area of about 80,000 square feet (7,000 m2).
Though the architectural style is elusive, the iron structure and the prominent clock tower are reminiscent of the Victorian era of Great Britain.
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