Dockyard building to open as apartments
An historic building at the gates of Dockyard is to open as holiday apartments inside the next few weeks, the West End Development Corporation said yesterday.
Prince Alfred Terrace, once the married quarters for officers stationed at the former Royal Navy base, was renovated at a cost of $4.5 million and pressed into service as the nerve centre for the 35th America’s Cup last summer.
Now it will get a new lease of life, with the first guests expected to use the 1840s building in February or March.
Andrew Dias, Wedco’s general manager, said: “We have been busy cleaning them up and moving in beds and everything.
“Wedco hasn’t gotten into that market before, so we are looking forward to seeing how it is going to do.”
The building was damaged in 2014’s double whammy from hurricanes Fay and Gonzalo but was repaired and modernised in time for the America’s Cup.
The island arm of the event, ACBDA, used the building until the end of the event. It has ten three-bedroom apartments for short-term rentals.
Wedco has also gained planning permission to keep the AC35 team base buildings used by Oracle, Softbank Team Japan and Land Rover BAR at South Basin.
Mr Dias said the buildings had been used for storage since the end of the America’s Cup, but that Wedco would be discussing longer-term uses for them.
He added: “We will be moving one of the Oracle boats any day now to the front of the new transportation museum.
“Once that’s out there, we will look at uses for some of those buildings.”
Mr Dias said the young people’s sailing programme, Endeavour, wanted to take over the Oracle canteen and that Wedco might keep the Team Japan base for its own use.
Wedco is also working to attract other events to the Cross Island America’s Cup venue.
Mr Dias said: “We are looking to bring events to Dockyard where it makes sense and where it fits in with our objectives as we have done in the past, whether its musical events or sailing events.
“We have had a variety of events and we will be looking at all types of things to continue to expand and make sure Dockyard is successful.”