Repairs to the ceiling at the Red House are expected to be completed by next month.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (UDeCOTT), Noel Garcia.
Garcia was speaking during a media conference called on Tuesday to address concerns raised by Opposition MP Dr Roodal Moonilal regarding costs attached to the Prime Minister’s Tobago residence.
However, one reporter asked for an update on the Red House after it was announced in a media release on Friday that sittings were suspended at the Parliament.
Garcia said he was accompanied by members of UDeCOTT’s Construction Division, officials from the Office of the Prime Minister, Members of Parliament, and maintenance staff for a site visit earlier today.
He said they did a comprehensive review of the North and South Chambers and reiterated that over the last two weeks, no leaks were detected at the Red House.
“The Red House ceiling did not collapse. A piece of moulding became detached from the ceiling because of condensation. Out of an abundance of caution we, on the advice of our technical people, closed the North Chamber to effect the repairs. The Red House North Chamber is not leaking.”
Meanwhile, Garcia assured that remedial works are being undertaken by Fides Construction Limited and MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) Design Consultant, ENCO.
“It was agreed that the timeframe to correct the condensation problem would be 26 days which should take us somewhere towards the second week of December so we are anticipating that somewhere around the 8th or 9th of December, all of those works will be completed.”
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