They should design it so part can convert to the grandstand once a year when the annual parade march through.http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3337/3265458844_6d75051bfb_o.jpg[/IMG]
Only thing is though, i'm not sure when they are planning to begin construction. This locally designed building is magnificent and its a shame it had to be delayed for so long. Carnival would be even better with this state of the art structure. Does anyone have info on this project? :bash:
Nice update. Wish they gave a solid time frameShanghai to build Carnival Centre
By Andre Bagoo Friday, March 19 2010
SHANGHAI Construction Group (SCG), the company that constructed the controversial National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), was one month ago privately announced as the new contractor for the proposed National Carnival Centre by Prime Minister Patrick Manning.
At a meeting of the PNM General Council held at Manning’s San Fernando East constituency office at the GTM Building, Coffee Street, San Fernando, Manning indicated to PNM party members that the National Carnival Centre, planned for construction in the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain would be constructed using the same procedure used for the construction of the NAPA. The procedure involves the use of a government-to-government loan arrangement with China and the use of contractor SCG.
SCG constructed the NAPA as well as the Prime Minister’s Residence and Diplomatic Centre, La Fantasie. Additionally, SCG is also at work on the Ministry of Education Tower, Port-of- Spain. At a PNM cottage meeting in San Juan on Monday, Manning hinted that a foreign firm from the Far East would be chosen for the long-delayed million-dollar mega project. As he once again declared war on the local construction sector, he said the roof of the Carnival Centre required a special design and there were only three companies in the world which could manufacture it. The companies were from the United States (US), Europe and the Far East.
The Prime Minister said in comparing costs between the companies in the US and the Far East, there was a difference of over $45 million.
He said it was situations like these which made the Government realise that it was not prepared to tolerate the inefficiencies of the local construction sector anymore.
“Let them say what they want about the Prime Minister’s residence. It took us eight months to do that. How long did it take to finish the police station in Belmont? It took at least three years. Is it right for the Government...to accept that? No and we will not. We will fight until it is changed,” he said.
SCG is also the contractor for the construction of a multi-million dollar church at the Heights of Guanapo whose owner Reverend Juliana Pena is said to be the Prime Minister’s spiritual adviser. However, work on the site was halted after a stop notice issued by the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation indicated that the church owners did not have its permission to build.
Since then it has been reported that the SCG Chinese labourers at this site have been transferred to another mega-construction project the over-budgeted and overdue Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba.
Word that SCG has been chosen, once more, by the State for another major construction project comes in the face of concerns over the quality of work done by SCG at the NAPA, a Udecott project. The Artists Coalition of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) as well as prominent artists such as masman Peter Minshall, painter Leroy Clarke and dancer Dave Williams have all spoken out about the inadequacies of NAPA.