Premier happy with AC35 progress at Dockyard
Bermuda Government and America’s Cup officials have visited the Dockyard site that will form the hub of the 2017 sailing spectacle.
Premier Michael Dunkley was joined by Minister of Public Works Craig Cannonier and Minister of Economic Development Grant Gibbons for a tour of the South Basin.
The group also checked on the work being done to repair King’s Wharf, which was damaged during Hurricane Gonzalo.
They also had an opportunity to review additional refurbishment works taking place on some of the older buildings in Dockyard for America’s Cup purposes.
“My ministerial colleagues and I were very pleased to visit Dockyard to assess the construction progress for King’s Wharf and the America’s Cup,” Mr Dunkley said.
“Dockyard is certainly a hub of construction activity and it was gratifying to see Bermudians hard at work preparing the area for the cruise ship season.
“I want to commend Crisson Construction, the main contractors at King’s Wharf, and the team of technical officers at the Ministry of Public Works who are doing a stellar job in getting things done in a swift and professional manner.”
Today’s site visit was led by West End Development Company general manager Andrew Dias. It was also attended by Jasmin Smith, the Government’s America’s Cup liaison officer, Peter Durhager, the ACBDA chairman, and Alan Burland, president of BCM McAlpine.
“We also appreciated having an opportunity to see the works taking place regarding the America’s Cup,” Mr Dunkley added.
“The America’s Cup development in Dockyard represents a significant investment by the Government as well as the America’s Cup Event Authority towards the transformation and restoration of Dockyard.
“As has been said previously, all the development associated with the America’s Cup is designed to be sustainable and in the best long-term interests of Bermuda. So it was exciting to see the reality of the America’s Cup infrastructure taking shape first hand.”