Total Cost Of Victoria Row Demolition: $331,400

May 27, 2016

The total cost for demolishing the Victoria Row units is $331,400, Minister of Public Works Craig Cannonier said in the House of Assembly today [May 27] in reply to a question from Shadow Public Works Minister Dennis Lister.

Audio of the Minister’s reply about the cost

WEDCo said that they “reluctantly” started on the demolition of Victoria Row as they ”met with different groups and offered to let Victoria Row go for free, on the condition that it was renovated according to codes” but it “was simply not financially viable.”

However, Habitat for Humanity chairperson Sheelagh Cooper said that in 2006, they met with WEDCO and offered to restore the Victoria Row units, using volunteers and contributions.

According to WEDCo, surveys indicate it would take approximately $11 million to renovate Victoria Row which would mean that the interest alone on the renovation for each unit would be $2,500.00 per month which far exceeds any rental return they may be able to earn.

Quick video of the demolition work taking place earlier this month:

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  1. Tenacious says:

    Such a shame. If the rental income had been spent on the upkeep of buildings, then they need never have become the eyesore they became and would certainly not have needed to be demolished. One wonders over the validity of the tenders for the replacement, imported structures.

  2. Terry says:

    How many people living in these ‘quarters’.
    Push them into the sea to the north.

    Money.

    • Terrier says:

      IDIOT

    • JUNK YARD DOG says:

      Terry, you are not wanting to push people into the sea, are you ?

      Think man !

  3. Observer says:

    Another example of of government neglect – and I don’t just blame the OBA. It’s easier to just ignore the problem that buildings need maintenance until such time that it is easier (and cheaper) to just knock them down and rebuild.

    • aceboy says:

      How can you possibly blame the OBA? This was a WEDCO project that started under the PLP.

  4. Coffee says:

    Didn’t that bye promise those people that he would save them buildings , you know the big fella .

    • Kangoocar says:

      Didn’t you claim a little while back that you are a white female?? I do realize that liars always look for others that lie, but seriously, you are pathetic!!! It is a well known fact that every effort was made to save those eye sores, and all avenues have been exhausted!!! Now KNOCK them down post haste!!! They need to go!!!

      • Coffee says:

        Hey , Kango ! Ray Charlton , who knows a lot about the history up there in Dockyard was adamant that should his party , the UBP/BDA/OBA gain the government , that he personally would ensure that those historic homes in Dockyard would be saved . He was very vocal then ….. Where is he now ?

  5. mmm says:

    There were a number of capital projects going on a few years back, the new prison, the refurbishment of Commissioner,s House, the up-grading of the docks…how did Victoria Row get missed ?

    • Grizz says:

      @mmm THAT WAS THE BEST QUESTION YET! I bet you don’t get an answer. All the important “places” were upgraded whilst Victoria Row just sat there and got worse. It’s really a sad situation; and as stated earlier, not blaming any particular Government; JUST GOVERNMENT PERIOD!

    • Minou says:

      Good question – although Commissioners House had nothing to do with Government, the rest did
      I’d say that rent control might have had something to do with why Victoria and Albert Row were allowed to fall apart. Not worth the expenditure if you’re stuck with the same tenants amd limited rent?

  6. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    Over the years many buildings at the West end as listed below have seen the wrecking ball.

    Two schools upper and lower
    Clarence terrace complex.
    Large Crane
    Several dock side service buildings
    Two huge Water tanks.
    Barbers shop.
    Clock block.
    One of two Bi-plane hangers and service buildings.
    Two large Army barracks buildings.
    Two single workman’s boarding accommodations,Maria Hill,
    Hospital.
    Two big bridges.

    Now the accommodations at Victoria Row Ireland Island have become out dated with no significant value having served their purpose for what was originally intended, that is to house the families of the civilian workers of the H M Dockyard during two world wars.
    The accommodations and physical plant are no longer practical or suitable,further maintenance is not viable as the structures and accommodations have seen better days.

  7. Terry says:

    My comment about pushing them into the sea was directed at the buildings you A-Holes.
    Those building still contain tons of asbestos.

    But then again to quick to judge without even thinking before you open your mouths with a typing machine.

    Fools.
    Rip Bermuda.

  8. mumbojumbo says:

    Your demo cost is high because of trucking…wedco…purchase a few trucks …truck it near to site and back fill or process to agrigate with machinery and sell it as such conduit metal and iron would still have to go airport but not near as much, it should have been utilised at the new arm in dockyard…it is right there…sell the trucks afterward.works and engineering have demo machines.Do you need abating asbestos?….Also…there are many small firms that could conceivably renovate for give or take 500,000+materials…it should take no more than a year.hell ahhdoit!

  9. Mr.Somna B says:

    Wisdom.