RFP Issued For Grand Atlantic Development

May 2, 2016

The Government has today issued a Request For Proposal [RFP] for the Grand Atlantic Development in Warwick and is inviting responses from investors and potential buyers.

Grand Atlantic was planned as a housing development, however only one unit sold in the first six months, and in 2014 the Government announced it will be taken over by Caribbean-based MacLellan & Associates who planned to turn it into a condo hotel named the ‘Bermudiana Beach Resort.

That did not come to fruition, hence the Government has issued another RFP for the 78-unit property, with responses due in by Friday, June 24th, 2016.

The full statement from the Government is below:

The Government of Bermuda, the Office of Project Management and Procurement and the Bermuda Housing Corporation today issued a Request For Proposal [RFP] for the Grand Atlantic Development on the South Road in Warwick and invited responses from investors and potential buyers.

“The Grand Atlantic is an impressive property development in a desirable neighborhood with tremendous Atlantic Ocean views on the South Shore in Bermuda,” explained Major Barrett St. Vincent Dill, General Manager of the Bermuda Housing Corporation.

“Investors and potential buyers are being offered the best in Bermudian style and traditions with a property that features a variety of local flora and units with panoramic views of the water and gardens. With access to acres of park grounds and a beautiful, secluded beach, the location is perfect for outdoor living and nature enthusiasts and for accessing the rest of the island.”

While this was originally a multi-family housing investment that is currently a condominium property, the Government of Bermuda is flexible in terms of approach and will work to ensure appropriate further development.

Key facts about the Grand Atlantic Development

  • 78 Units total
    •  36 Premium Units [8-3 Bedroom & 28-2 Bedrooms]
    • 42 Garden Units [10-3 Bedrooms & 32-2 Bedrooms]
  • 2 Bedroom Unit – approximately 1130 sq. feet and 3 Bedroom Unit – approximately 1480 sq. feet
  • Bulk Gas Storage for stoves and clothes dryers – 2nd & 3rd Phase only [54 Units]
  • Solar Panels for the heating of Water Heaters – 2nd & 3rd Phase only [54 Units]
  • All Units equipped with Water Meters to measure Unit usage
    • Watlington Water Works utilized as a ‘top up’ resource for water tanks
    • Water Treatment Sewage Plant installed thus eliminating the need for cess-pits
  • Unobstructed pedestrian access via Southlands Park to Southlands Beach
  • 1 Parking Bay allocated to each Unit
  • Visitor parking evenly situated throughout Development
  • Traditional Bermuda ‘push-out’ louvered Storm Shutters installed
  • 115 square feet of Private Outdoor Living Space
  • Existing Cliff Face remediated with reinforced concrete and eradicated of casuarinas

Responses should be delivered to the Bermuda Housing Corporation in Bermuda no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, June 24th, 2016.

The RFP information pack on the Grand Atlantic Investment and Development Opportunity is available at bhc.bm and gov.bm/procurement-notices

Responses from investors and potential buyers should include a statement of interest and information as requested in the description of requirements and output and must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services including a brochure, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions and availability of appropriate skills among staff. Organizations/individuals may associate to enhance their qualifications.

Responses should be delivered to Bermuda Housing Corporation at the address or email and fax stated below:
Bermuda Housing Corporation
Attention: General Manager
IAS Park Building [east entrance]
44 Church Street [Ground Floor]
Hamilton, HM 12
Email: grandatlantic@bhc.bm
Fax: [441] 295-2605

The outer package must state reference: “RFP 2016/001 Grand Atlantic Investment and Development Opportunity” and written inquiries must include the subject line “Ref: RFP 2016/001 Grand Atlantic Investment and Development Opportunity” and use the email or fax number listed above.

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  1. Terry says:


    What’s that.

    Reef Fill Project?

    I need a rum.

  2. watching says:

    “The Grand Atlantic is an impressive property development in a desirable neighborhood with tremendous Atlantic Ocean views on the South Shore in Bermuda,” …

    Yet the then OBA opposition did everything in their power to create no confidence in this project. And they wonder why the project is untouchable?

    • inna says:

      Lemons?? Lemonade??

    • hmmm says:

      NO they didn’t….

    • aceboy says:

      Major Barrett Dill is the one who said that, the GM of the Bermuda Housing Corporation. He was the the same guy in the same position saying the same things back in 2014.

      Back when they were trying to sell them to Bermudian families this point was outstanding:

      “Existing Cliff Face remediated with reinforced concrete and eradicated of casuarinas”

      At the time (2014) there was a tiny retaining wall.

      He has the job of marketing this nightmare. I wish him luck. Nobody in their right mind would buy it outright. They *may* get someone to lease it, but nobody wants to own it.

  3. M says:

    I am a PLP supporter, and the need to own this for the failure that it is.

    • Onion says:

      This was always going to be a failure, they knew it at the time but still did it. Why are you still a PLP supporter?

      • Ian says:

        Probably because as a real born and bred Bermudian it’s not hard to notice how the oba serves the interests of nonbermudians and status holders first.

        • Zevon says:

          It failed while the PLP were n power. The failure is all theirs.

          • LOLOLOLOLOLOL says:

            By your sentence it is safe to blame the OBA for the current economy as it got worse under their reign.

            See how your statement makes no sense.

        • Comfortably numb says:

          What’s the difference between ” a real born and bred Bermudian” and a ” born and bred Bermudian”? Is ” real” code for something else?

        • aceboy says:

          The PLP left us in a huge financial hole and this project is testament to their failure. The PLP hurt those supporters and now, like Watching, they want to blame PLP incompetance on the OBA. Laughable.

        • serengeti says:

          By serving “status holders” first, you mean people like the spouses of some MPs? People like that?
          We’re ALL status holders, dumba**.

  4. aceboy says:

    Watching…your hero Dr. Brown would not listen to anyone…not even his own cabninet and advisors on the project…it had to get built.

    Now you want to blame the OBA> Take a page from M’s book and own up to the disaster that the Grand Atlantic was. It was doomed from the start. Nobody in their right mind would build a 4 star hotel and surround it wit low cost housing. It was just a really really stupid idea and it cost us millions.

    • LiarLiar says:

      Zealots like ‘watching’ conveniently forget that the BHC board resigned in protest of being overridden by the Minister regarding the construction of these units. That’s right the BHH board at the time vetoed this project unanimously.

      He/she also forgets that at the time housing prices were falling and the prices that these tiny, no elevator, no yard condos were being listed at could have got you a single detached home with property.

      Grand Atlantic is a case study as to how political interference (over technical experts) produces failed results.

    • Zevon says:

      I would like to know who owned the land prior to it being bought by government for GA to be built.
      Anyone have any idea who owned it? Beneficial owners, of course.

      • Flash says:

        Not sure on owners but I do know that it used to be the Flamingo Beach hotel and the Banana beach hotel.

  5. Lois Frederick says:

    I hope this time they get results.

  6. San George says:

    There is plenty of room in that boat that Puerto Rico is in. Your political leaders will bankrupt you for their own political ambitions.

  7. Some times we must, “cut off our nose to spite our face” If there is any safty for building on or near by the edge it would be to accept the loss of them buildings that are in a precarious position (upon the edge now)There is ample room elsewhere to build Apts. / condos

    • RBYC member says:

      Ray you shouldn’t write when drunk!

      • Then let’s hear that “sober” comment from you, whoever it is that’s afraid to sign their name but wish to attempt insulting others like me…It’s truly a sign of your mentality RBYC member.

        • JUNK YARD DOG says:

          R.B.Y. C. We are intoxicated by your own verbosity.

    • mj says:

      Only a desparate thinker would cut of their nose!!! really… lay off the liqs!

  8. wahoo says:

    Hey Zane why don’t you buy it?

    • Zevon says:

      He said he would buy it. Now’s his chance.

  9. frank says:

    this is where bta ceo could be staying thus saving us $75000
    in the mean time government could be renting them out for tourist accomadations

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      So your suggestion is that government should open up a block and pay to maintain it habitable for a single inhabitant… and then further to that expense, refit it and get into the business to accommodate tourist rentals and services… this is your idea to save money… it’s no wonder you believe the PLP represent the best option for the viability for the future of this country.

      • frank says:

        lets be real no developer is going to build any hotel on that site.so we are stuck with it so we could just let it rot away or we can do something with it.
        we use prison labor to start getting the units livable now

        • wahoo says:

          Isn’t that a violation of the prisoner’s rights?

          Is there room for a runway?

          Perhaps we gift it to the BIU and they can pack it with unionized staff and run the best little hotel in Bda.

          Why don’t we take the remaining prisoners from the states and keep them there? Maybe get our debt paid off….

        • mj says:

          hey frank–did you think up that all by yourself ..prison labour? really the new slave labour.. or haven’t you heard ..why was westgate built? in anticipation of USING the vulnerable and weak to succumb to and lead them into a situation where they are giving free labour ..hmmm.. check out the American prison systems and how they are using prisoners for cheap labour and tell me whether this is what we should be doing.. It would have cost less if we would be actually fair and equitable in providing people with what they are OWED! there is still an outstanding debt that needs to be paid and even though the people that are owed may not realize it , the debt still remains..

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Yeah, sure. If they had visitors to rent them too. Still nowhere near enough to fill the accomodation we already have.

  10. Triangle Drifter says:

    Ringling Bros circus has retired their elephants. Maybe Grand Atlantic can join the other elephants.

  11. Rene Clarke says:

    Its clear that government gave up on delivering a quality product. Look at the colour. Bermudians may appreciate low cost but they surely dont want a low cost banner hanging from their balconies. Paint the place break up all that dreary grey. Just imagine the ACE building on Front St. if it were all grey. It’s depressing to look at.

  12. Average Bermudian says:

    fey ?

  13. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    Recently I offered several alternatives which have fallen on deaf ears.” It is not a good idea unless its theirs”.

    Try imagination ! Try Positive thinking ! Up your Game ! Think out side the box ! Just Think !

    ” He who digs the hole can fill it in”.
    ” Fill the truck with sticks and stones and negatives”.
    ” You can not turn Lead into Gold”
    ” You can not make a silk purse from a pigs ear.”
    Its costing us money !

    • Lois Frederick says:

      This is a request for proposals. In other words, they are asking others with ideas for how to best use the property. If you are really serious put in an RFP.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      So, what are the great ideas? SOMETHING is not an idea. If it is not financially viable it is not an idea.

      Let’s hear them.

      • Rob barlee. (Big Ruze) says:

        Let’s get rid of the mold and rent them out. Some money is better than no money!

  14. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    We all have a vested interest in the Grand Atlantic.

    ” Visitors Affordable Accommodation”.

    The reality is, that, the locals don’t need it !

    Can you not see the wood for the trees.

  15. turtle says:

    Buy a house on top of a CLIFT that can collapse!!!!!! MMMMM NOOOO THANKSSS!!!!
    PLP didn’t listened when all the enviromental gents told then to stop the construction!!! So now eat what you cook plp

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