New start date for Sam Lord’s

Construction of the much delayed Wyndham Grand Resort on the site of the historic Sam Lord’s Castle in St Philip is set to begin by the end of the first quarter of 2017, according to a top tourism investment official.

Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc (BTI) Stuart Layne today revealed that everything was being put in place for work to begin in earnest on the 450-room property.

The construction site of the much delayed Wyndham Grand Resort at the historic Sam
Lord’s Castle, St Philip.

“What we have to consider is that this is a very large project and we have had to make sure we had all our design work done and so forth, and therefore that would represent about eight weeks slippage from where we want to be. But I can assure you that come March, fairly heavy excavation will commence,” Stuart told Barbados TODAY.

“All the other works are critical to get to the point where you put structures in place. That is what we have targeted, the end of March, for physical structures to commence.”

The plans for the $200 million project on the 58-acre property were approved since 2008, with construction initially earmarked to begin towards the middle of 2015.

The project, funded through the government of China, was expected to be completed in early 2018.

However, there have been several delays – the most recent rescheduled date for commencement of work was this month.

Despite the postponements, Layne said he was happy with the progress made, including the demolition of some of the old buildings, the clearing of debris and establishment of a camp site.

The BTI boss also said a number of containers were being imported for the project and should reach Barbados by the middle of this month, and officials would soon meet with residents in the area to inform them of the plans and to help combat any expected noise and dust pollution from the construction.

However, some residents and shop operators are already looking forward to the project in anticipation of a rise in business.

Operators of Oasis Mini Mart and Canteen Shakayra Herbert and Linette Lall told Barbados TODAY they expected the construction to bring more life to the area, which should translate into increased commerce.

Herbert said locals and tourists were visiting the area and enquiring about the construction, and she was hoping the project “really does start in March”.

“I am looking forward for a good business year based on what is going to go on because I was told that a lot of C.O. Williams [Construction] workers are going to be up here. So I am preparing for the big customer base,” Herbert said.

Meantime, Lall said the business was getting a lot of support from those who were carrying out the preliminary work on the site, and another delay would be dreadful.

“We are looking forward for March now and hoping that we will not have another delay. We are depending on that,” Lall stressed.

Sylvan Grazette is a maintenance worker in the community. He told Barbados TODAY “things are a little slow” in the area but he expected a hive of activity as soon as construction begins.

“It is going to be an investment and a lot of business for a lot of people around the area,” Grazette said.

Canadian visitor Mike Brash, who was in the area with his family, said he visited the island over 30 years ago to tour the Sam Lord’s Castle, which was a tourist attraction at the time.

He told Barbados TODAY once completed he would “definitely come down and spend the day and check it out”.

The new resort is being developed with BTI and will be managed by Wyndham Hotel Group. 

9 Responses to New start date for Sam Lord’s

  1. Patrice G Ward January 5, 2017 at 11:42 am

    So glad to see this! Toured The Castle in 1972 when my mother and I first visited Bim. Hubby and I chose the plots of land we own in St. Philip because The Castle was visible in the distance when we were land-hunting. Was horrified to hear of the burning and hope the original building will be restored as much as possible. (Good to know that Wyndham is taking over, as we are Wyndham Rewards members!)

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  2. Hal Austin January 8, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Have these Chinese been given permission to live permanently in Barbados? Is that the price we have to pay fore a loan of Bds$200m?
    We want to know. It is also a question for the official Opposition.

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  3. Richard Johnston January 11, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Are those containers for the Chinese peasants to live in who will do the work instead of Bajans?

    Patrice: despite the hopes of many, Sam Lord’s Castle is not to be “restored,” “rebuilt” or otherwise return to its former glory. Read the sign: Sam Lord’s Castle Resort.

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  4. WayForward January 12, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    RJ
    The Chinese are not peasants. They hard working, never enslaved Africans, third world developers, product of the world largest economy and have the biggest sovereign reserved funds in the world (over US$3 trillion). Eat that you racist.

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  5. Suzy Baker January 14, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    We were married there 25 years ago. It looks like we won’t be staying there for this anniversary but hopefully an anniversary in the future…

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  6. Andrew lashley March 18, 2017 at 7:57 am

    I like the Chinese as I have been visiting they great country for over 20 yrs and found them to be hard working and very intelligent .
    I have worked with them and they are very progressive.

    Andrew

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  7. Barbara May 20, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Have stayed and loved Sam Lords,,we would be very happy too return when rebuilt.

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  8. John rooker May 26, 2017 at 5:29 am

    Met my wife there 17 years ago and have waited and waited for it to be reopened just hope they will rebuild the castle to its former glory but if they dont i cant see how they can call it sam lords castle

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  9. Marilyn in southern Ontario Canada August 29, 2017 at 6:08 am

    We last visited Barbados in 1975.
    We were hoping to take our grandchildren to explore Sam Lord’s Castle and to eat there in December 2017. Will it be accessible to the public yet? \
    Thank you

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