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Tenders sought for Red House’s ‘companion’
Tenders for the construction of a companion building north of the Red House have been invited. Government is going ahead with plans to construct a $205 million building between Abercromby Street and St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain, to accommodate most offices of the Parliament. The construction will require the demolition of buildings now used by the National Security Ministry. The project is expected to start next year.
It was one of the major recommendations of a Joint Select Committee (JSC) on parliamentary accommodation, set up in October 2010 to “consider essential guiding policies related to member and staff accommodation during the restoration of the Red House project and report to both Houses from time-to-time.” The Red House will accommodate two Parliament chambers for possible simultaneous sittings of the House of Representatives and the Senate when the restoration project is completed.
The restoration is a separate initiative, also being managed by the Urban Development Corporation of T&T (Udecott). The JSC, which was chaired by Transport Minister Stephen Cadiz, submitted its report with recommendations to Parliament on May 4, 2012. The Parliament, which is now temporarily based at Tower D, Waterfront Complex, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, is expected to return to the Red House in 2015.
In its executive summary, the committee said Cabinet had agreed that the Red House should be restored for occupation by Parliament as its permanent home. One of the major reasons for construction of the new building was to provide increased space for MPs, staff and the general public.
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