2018 Construction Projects across the Caribbean

Several significant construction projects were planned for 2017 across the Caribbean but nature had other plans.

Hurricanes Maria and Irma, the most powerful hurricanes in recent recorded history passed through the northern Caribbean with fury and created a construction nightmare for some and an opportunity for others. The race is now against the clock for all territories to get back to 100% capacity and improve all of their telecommunications, road networks and to upgrade all new construction standards to meet the force of any future hurricanes like those two beasts we met last year. Many of the countries have done well and have re-opened for international business and to receive tourists.

Whilst several projects in 2017 were initially planned for hotels and resorts, road works and housing developments, the need for new buildings has multiplied exponentially.

A significant portion of the northern Caribbean including Dominica, Anguilla, St. Barts, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Maarten, US Virgin Islands including St. Thomas and St. Croix, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas were all affected. Several of them are in need of basic housing for citizens who lost roofs or their entire homes.

Barbuda was worst hit, with only 20% of residents returning since the passage of the hurricanes.

At the other end of the spectrum, owners of boats and yachts in the US Virgin Islands were dealt a hard blow from the pounding of the brutal waves and many of them have lost their vessels to the sands at the bottom of the sea. For some, those vessels were even more – they were home.

In a New York Times interview, a USVI resident Justin Cofield, said, “Even if our boat had made it, we would really be struggling because the customers aren’t here.” – owner of St. John Yacht Charters, whose 46-foot sailing sloop, Survivan, was destroyed.

Below is a List of Private and Capital Works Construction Projects for 2018:

Antigua and Barbuda 

  • Hodges Bay Resort & Spa to open summer 2018,
  • The Pleasure Cove Resort & Spa condominiums;
  • Callaloo Cay Hotel.
  • Barbuda Belle Beach hotel hopes to begin rebuilding this year.
  • Construction is slated to begin later this year on actor Robert de Niro’s $250 million Paradise Found resort project on the site of the long-defunct K Club.
  • A new airport on Barbuda, according to a year-end radio address by prime minister Gaston Browne. No cost or timeline was given.

Anguilla 

  • New Jetty at Road Bay.

Aruba 

  • Palm Beach and Eagle Beach

Bahamas 

  • Rosewood Baha Mar

Barbados

Belize

  • Placencia Peninsula

Bermuda

  • Ritz Carlton

Bequia

  • Spring Estate

Cayman

Major private sector construction projects are planned (some have even been in the pipeline for up to a decade) while others have started.

  • The Ice Arena
  • Beach Bay Hotel
  • Ironwood Golf Resort
  • Pageant Beach Hotel
  • Enterprise City campus
  • Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Plant
  • NCB hotel
  • Gran Palazzo
  • Health City
  • Cayman Eye
  • Dart projects -five-star hotel on Seven Mile Beach, plans for old Hyatt hotel, the Beach Suites resort and the Britannia golf course.
  • Foster’s Supermarket

Dominica

Grenada

  • Silver Sands Grenada
  • Morne Rouge
  • Levera Beach Resort

Guyana

  • Demerara River Bridge
  • East Coast Demerara Road Widening
  • Water Treatment Plants in Sheet Anchor, Diamond, Uitvlugt

St. Lucia

  • Pearl of the Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago

  • Rehabilitation of Frederick Settlement Wastewater Treatment Plant

 Turks and Caicos

  • Renovation and Refurbishment Of The J.a.g.s. Mccartney International Airport, Grand Turk, Turks And Caicos Islands

USVI

  • Caravelle Hotel & Casino will close on April 30, 2018, the hotel will close to repair damage caused by Hurricane Maria and will re-open on September 1, 2018.
  • Divi Carina Bay is under reconstruction in May 2018
  • Tamarind Court Hotel is currently under construction. No completion date has been given.

Capital works construction projects, as lengthy as they are, provide stable jobs for people in the construction industry. Let us be the first to say, “Build on. Work hard.”

 

Read more at Links

Road Bay – http://www.gov.ai

Callaloo Cay – http://www.callaloocay.com/

Silver Sands – http://www.silversandsgrenada.com/en

 

Nichole Murray

Nichole Murray is a seasoned Human Interest Writer and Communications Specialist. With a BA Psychology, Associate Degree Mass Communications, Nichole has been operating her own business as a Communications Specialist for the last 8 years. Now heading up the Caribbean Christian Media Network and Merit International Co. Ltd, Nichole has a passion for promoting the Caribbean. She has utilized her Social Media assets including Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Twitter accounts to create spaces for her native Barbados and for the Caribbean.

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