Work on Beaches resort could be delayed

The much talked about construction of the Beaches Resort at the former Almond Village property in St Peter could be delayed.

Although not saying how long the setback was anticipated to be, Gordon Butch Stewart, chairman of the parent company Sandals Resort International, said it was unlikely that the planned multi-million-dollar project would get off the ground in the first quarter of next year as initially announced.

In February, Stewart told Barbados TODAY that the plan was to start construction in the middle of April 2015, with an expectation that it would be completed in about 22 months.

Butch Stewart

However, when asked last Friday if the plans were still on course, Butch would only say: “We are working towards that [date, but] it is probably a bit further down in the year . . . We are juggling a lot of things right now and there is a lot of work taking place on that Beaches design.”

In relation to the Sandals property in Dover, Christ Church project manager Mark Harding said construction was about 40 per cent complete and was on track to be completed next January.

Construction on that property started about nine months ago and is being carried out to the tune of approximately US$65 million.

The hotel is being built on approximately 7 acres of land, while construction on the opposite parcel of land, which will be the staff quarters, is being constructed on approximately 2 acres. That section is expected to be complete by early November. 


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