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King’s Wharf repairs to cost $15m

King’s Wharf in Dockyard is to undergo extensive rehabilitation, the House heard yesterday.

Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the Minister of Public Works, said that the wharf’s building and deck needed to be “completely rebuilt” in a short window of time during the off season.

Precast concrete will be used from a New Jersey firm to aid speedy repairs to the wharf, which is one of two deepwater berths serving cruise ships at Dockyard.

A Bermudian company, Crisson Construction, successfully bid for the demolition of the present deck at King’s Wharf.

The repaired wharf will have a life span of 75 years and a contingency plan is in place should the terminal building not be ready for the start of the next season.

Colonel Burch told MPs the wharf had been inspected in 2014 and found to need $20 million in repairs, but that no action had been taken.

Although the concrete and rebar could not be salvaged, Colonel Burch said the wharf’s piles remained in good condition, and there were “no immediate concerns” for ships berthing.

Construction will be held to “very tight timelines” from this month to April 2019.

Colonel Burch added that the project’s target price was “in the region of $15 million — including contingencies”.

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