Work at South Basin on schedule

  • First of seven boatloads of ground granite being dumped into the South Basin.

    First of seven boatloads of ground granite being dumped into the South Basin.

Work on the America’s Cup Event Village is one step closer to completion, with the final load of granite now deposited at the South Basin.

A total of seven shiploads have been deposited at the site since November, brought to Bermuda on the MV Balder and offloaded via conveyor belt.

Alan Burland, president of BCM McAlpine, said the project is so far on schedule, adding that the next step — installing sheet piles along the perimeter — will begin next month.

The nine-acre infill will be created with 310,000 cubic yards of aggregate once the land reclamation phase of the project is completed later this year. Just over half, 165,000 cubic yards of granite came from a quarry in New Brunswick while 145,000 cubic yards is from last year’s dredging project to widen the North Channel for to accommodate larger cruise ships in Dockyard.

Mike Winfield, CEO of America’s Cup Bermuda, said: “Bermuda is responsible for delivering a flat surface on which the America’s Cup teams can build their bases and other facilities required for the 2017 event village.

“I am pleased to report that we remain well ahead of our contractual responsibilities for the delivery of the site to the America’s Cup Event Authority, as this marks a significant milestone in our delivery of Bermuda’s commitments towards the realisation of the America’s Cup in 2017.

“We are working very closely with representatives of the ACEA to define the details of the AC village, this has and will continue to be a very collaborative and partner focused relationship.”

Meanwhile a new road to Morseby Plains in Dockyard is expected to be completed by the end of February, and Wedco general manager Andrew Dias stated that the quango is working to upgrade many of the buildings that will be used both in the lead-up to the event and after.

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Published Jan 14, 2016 at 2:12 pm (Updated Jan 14, 2016 at 2:17 pm)

Work at South Basin on schedule

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