Work at pool ongoing (cont.)

2015-05-26 06:00
Belinda Walker, mayoral committee member for community services and special projects, says she is monitoring the construction work at the Retreat swimming pool after delays meant that the swimming pool could not open for summer at the end of last yea

Belinda Walker, mayoral committee member for community services and special projects, says she is monitoring the construction work at the Retreat swimming pool after delays meant that the swimming pool could not open for summer at the end of last yea

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However, penalties have been applied to the contractor as he has missed the contractual delivery date for the work.

Walker says these penalties will be applied until the date that the contractor completes the work and it is therefore in the contractor’s interest to complete the work as quickly as possible.

“The renovations consist mostly of enclosing the main and baby swimming pools, but also include minor upgrades to the entrance foyer and other existing services,” she explains.

At this stage the contractor is busy with putting up the steel structure that will enclose the pool.

“Most of the brickwork around the pools has already been completed, and once the steel structure is completed, it would mostly be the roof, windows and doors that is left to complete the enclosure,” Walker says.

She adds that part of the construction contract requires the contractor to appoint people from the area and there are targets that are set for the contractor.

“The way that the contract will employ these people will be by contacting the sub-council offices and requesting possible workers from the jobseekers database,” Walkers says.

Adding that “this process is specified in the contract document, and should the contractor not meet the required targets, further penalties can be applied in that regard.”

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