You’re wrong, Comissiong

Longstanding and well-respected architect Tony Selby has rubbished claims that vibrations from the pile driving during construction of the planned Hyatt hotel on Bay Street could seriously damage nearby historic buildings.

Tony Selby
Tony Selby

In correspondence to Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins, social activist David Comissiong cited potential damage to the Bethel Methodist Church, St Patrick’s Cathedral and St Paul’s Anglican Church among his reasons for objecting to the construction of the 15-storey building in the area.

Comissiong suggested that the project’s application to the Town and Country Development Planning Department should therefore be subjected to “a most rigorous and comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment Procedure, inclusive of a Social Impact Assessment Study”.

But Selby told Barbados TODAY that all major buildings in Bridgetown were constructed on piles.

“I was one of the architects who worked on the Royal Bank of Canada in Broad Street about 12 to 15 years ago, and it was built on piles. I also worked on the then Julie’N building on Bridge Street and that was built on piles. You could expect that the piles in those areas were dug to a depth of 60 to 120 feet. That is not a major issue, but it depends on how the pile driving is done,” he said.

The architect said he would be surprised if piles driven in the Browne’s Beach area would crack nearby buildings.

“When I worked on the Royal Bank of Canada, no damage was done to the Parliament buildings which are next door, no damage was done to the other buildings that were in the front of the bank or aback of the bank,” he said.

Furthermore, Selby said, the sandy subsoil in the Browne’s Beach area can be a more stable product on which to build.

4 Responses to You’re wrong, Comissiong

  1. Ras Unjay
    Ras Unjay August 12, 2016 at 6:34 am

    conduct necessary studies fuq,that could only happen if de historic buildings guild on sand,and yah know de saying bout building on sand,[ comissiong getting to be ah real jackass,

  2. seagul August 12, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Here, the pearls, the jewels,
    also the gold around your neck
    The fruits, well ripe with the taste of honey
    Keep your treasures,
    Me, I’m worth more than that.
    Bars are still bars even if made of gold.
    I want the same rights as you
    and respect for each day.
    A real jack-ass sees only glitter…tyjahni blood.

  3. jrsmith August 12, 2016 at 9:23 am

    What has (David Comissiong ) ever done to economically benefit the people of Barbados, he is real political material standing in the way of Barbados’s prosperity and as a bajan businessman said , the people in Barbados who shout the loudness ,have never add anything to the economy of Barbados..

  4. seagul August 12, 2016 at 9:58 am

    We’ are placing commercial interest above the dignity of our sons and daughters…….. is this the road we want to go down.
    Regulating of these exorbitant boutique rates need to face serious speculation. After these wealthy proprietors reap their profits off the backs of the low income earners they move on to the next location without a care. All the discussion about marinas etc, one would think Barbados is a large island, it’s just a tiny isle where the workers need full support. But soon one and all will face reality….


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