Excitement over plans to create new land

  • Wedco general manager Andrew Dias

    Wedco general manager Andrew Dias

Ambitious plans to create new land for the America’s Cup have caught the eyes of local and international contractors, after tenders were invited for land reclamation in Dockyard’s South Basin.

“We’re being quite aggressive with this project — we want to get this done,” said Wedco general manager Andrew Dias, who said inquiries were already coming in.

“Obviously it’s all subject to change, based on the tenders we do or don’t receive.”

There are “definitely” local contenders for the job, which involved bulkheads and retaining walls to contain the materials for the site — sediment that could come from the local sea floor, or get imported from abroad.

“Like everything in life, it all ends up being price driven,” Mr Dias said.

“The schedule is that tenders are due back by the end of this month.

“From there we have about two weeks to review — there’s a lot of detail to go over, but we look to award the contract in the coming week or so after that. We hope to start in July and hopefully have it completed by the first quarter of 2016.”

Tender documents can be collected from Wedco’s office in the Clock Tower Mall. The project will provide a base for the America’s Cup Village for the event, set to go ahead in 2017.

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Published May 5, 2015 at 8:00 am (Updated May 5, 2015 at 9:38 am)

Excitement over plans to create new land

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