Edghill ‘comfortable’ Hyatt project will get the nod

Confident that the construction sector was beginning to pick up steam and would continue on a growth path over the course of the next year, one of the island’s major developers is hoping the Hyatt Centric Resort project will soon get the nod from the relevant authorities.

Director of Caribbean Consultants Ltd James Edghill told Barbados TODAY he was “comfortable” the project would start this year.

“We are still waiting but we are in touch with the authorities and we are comfortable we will soon get the go-ahead,” said Edghill, whose company is one of the firms to be involved in the much-touted Carlisle Bay, Bay Street, Michael hotel development.

It was first announced by Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy that construction on the US$100 million project, which is to consist of two 12-storey high rise towers, would begin in the first quarter of 2015.

However, it was not until July last year that the agreement to begin the project was signed between Hyatt’s Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Development and Construction Pat McCudden and developers Mark Maloney and Edghill.

The planned construction has not gone down well in some quarters, with the Barbados National Trust and social activist and attorney-at-law David Comissiong both raising objections on environmental grounds.

That project is yet to receive the approval of the Town & Country Planning Department.

Commenting on the state of the construction industry in general, Edghill said it had witnessed very little growth in recent years, but he was confident things were beginning to look up.

“After a few years of little growth we are going to see improvement in the sector this year and over the next coming years . . . . Personally I am confident and I put my money where my mouth is by undertaking this project,” Edghill told Barbados TODAY on the sidelines of the official launch of construction of a $30 million One Republic Place building in Warrens, St Michael.

“I am confident that the public sector and private sector will work together for the benefit of this country,” he added.

7 Responses to Edghill ‘comfortable’ Hyatt project will get the nod

  1. Ronnie Warren
    Ronnie Warren January 17, 2017 at 3:20 am

    Write a cheque to the Nat Trust for Olympic and see how quickly their opposition fades away……

  2. harry turnover January 17, 2017 at 6:33 am

    “Edghill ‘comfortable’ Hyatt project will get the nod”……I comfortable too…BUT WHEN ??
    I think we have another year of waiting then the PM will come and announce in January 2018 that it will start in April 2018.

  3. jrsmith January 17, 2017 at 6:40 am

    A seniour businessman said ,the people who shout the loudest in Barbados ,are the ones who have never contributed anything to the economy of Barbados…
    Lots of people in Barbados is living in la,la, land , this project would be accepted by any island in the region..
    Barbados is in the tourist business thats all we have……………..

  4. Carson C Cadogan January 17, 2017 at 8:19 am

    This is a very important project for Bridgetown and for Barbados.

  5. Jeff January 17, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Ok but do we have all the approvals from the authorities as yet or that does not matter. Are we still a place of law and order or everyone shoots from hip as they feel. No wonder our crime and violence

  6. Helicopter(8P) January 17, 2017 at 10:59 am

    If all goes well? All environmental and ecological establishments are met , then we have nothing to fear! A large mural of the present site location should be exhibited at the frontage of this estate, allowing the world to see what the location looked like before edification and modernization were implanted! That water front should benefit from such a structure!

  7. Donild Trimp January 17, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    All those eyesore dilapidated buildings on Bay Street should be bulldozed ASAP.


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