Politics

Pati team switches location

  • Demolition plans: the Valerie T. Scott building at the corner of Parliament and Reid Streets and the old Hamilton Police Station on Parliament Street will be knocked down to make way for the Ottiwell Simmons Arbitration Centre (File photograph)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the Minister of Public Works (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

The Information Commissioner’s Office moved to a new location on Friday so that its existing premises can be demolished.

The Valerie T. Scott Building and the old Hamilton Police Station will be knocked down to make way for the Ottiwell Simmons Arbitration Centre.

Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the public works minister, told the House of Assembly that the Pati team would switch to the Maxwell Roberts Building on Church Street, Hamilton, which it will share with the island’s new Privacy Commissioner, Alexander White.

Colonel Burch said discussions were under way to create a public-private partnership to construct the new building,

He told MPs on Friday: “Of course, a major hurdle was to relocate the Pati office and I am pleased to report that they are, in fact, moving today to new accommodation in the Maxwell Roberts Building on Church Street.

“In line with this government’s declared policy of reducing the amount of square footage for government offices by applying space standards, open floor plans and digitisation, in this case the office will be co-located with the Privacy Commissioner, thus sharing common areas such as reception, meeting space, kitchen, restroom facilities, internet infrastructure and office machinery.”

He said that contracts for demolition had been awarded and that safety barriers would be set up around the site before demolition work started next week.

The minister added: “You will readily see that, once construction begins on this project, a much needed further injection into this sector will occur and additional jobs will be created in our economy.”

To read Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch’s ministerial statement in full, click on the PDF link under “Related Media”