Photos: Minister Tours Airport Construction Site

August 25, 2017 | 43 Comments

The Deputy Premier and Minister of Transport & Regulatory Affairs, Walter Roban, met with the Bermuda Airport Authority board and staff yesterday [Aug 24] and toured the L.F. Wade International Airport redevelopment project.

A spokesperson said, “Minister Roban observed the early works at the site, which involves constructing the new terminal’s foundation infrastructure, where 725 steel piles are being driven hundreds of feet into the ground.

“The pile drive is just over 70% complete and installation of the above ground terminal infrastructure will commence later this year. A new aircraft taxiway is also being constructed.

“The Bermuda Airport Authority is a quango established in March 2017 to oversee the airport’s operator, Bermuda Skyport Corporation Limited, including their management, maintenance and redevelopment of the terminal.”

Minister Roban and Acting Permanent Secretary Aideen Ratteray-Pryse were joined on the tour by Bermuda Airport Authority Chairman Mark Fields and CEO Lester Nelson. Others included Aecon representatives Frank Ross, Construction Manager Richard Noel and Civil Works Manager Dale Beaton

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  1. puzzled says:

    Wow.
    Nice photo’s of progress.
    Wonder how long before a stoppage is called.
    Wonder how long fingers will want pie.

    I wonder.

  2. Y-Gurl says:

    Oh..now it’s a good project??

    • We dont have a choice, no one said it wasn’t a good project, it was the way how it was done.
      A typical Trump move.

      • Onion says:

        The PLP lied about the cost for years to try to paint it as a bad project.

        You have a very selective memory.

        • Lol says:

          No they didnt. Its obvious you dont want to see truth. Those figures you spoke of was not word of mouth those were professionally worked out and exposed something about that project, which is why your oba witheld info about it for so long and still held back key info when the edited report was finally released

          • Zevon says:

            They were not “professionally worked out”. It was all amateur lying, like everything the PLP do.

            • Can't believe it says:

              Obviously the electorate didn’t think so. They kicked the OBA’s backside out of existence. People of their ilk think they are the only ones who understand figures. The OBA need to stay in the back ground.

              • Jus' Wonderin' says:

                Obviously the PLP don’t understand figures lmfao…why you think we’re in so much debt?! Wait til they touch your pension dummy!

              • fu says:

                “Obviously the electorate didn’t think so. ”

                The ‘electorate’ wants to deny equal rights to all Bermudians, the electorate is made up of uneducated bigots. I bet you’re proud to be a member of that electorate. You got your rights, so screw everyone else….typical ‘xtian’ hypocrite.

      • Earth watch police says:

        I thought they were going to shut this down ?

        • Too late, we’re already Millions of dollars tied to a contract that the company and those silent partners will still benefit.

          • bee says:

            why didn’t you ask who the silent partners/trust was on Dame Lois Building? why didn’t you ask who were the partners on the waterfront fiasco? port royal, berkley?

      • therock says:

        “no one said it wasn’t a good project,”

        Incredible….that means, you’re not credible, OJ. LOL…typical plp move. Put your ‘thoughts’ in writing, and then reverse your position 6 weeks later and say you’ve always felt this way….it only proves what a hypocrite you are.

    • Lol says:

      Nobody never said it was a good project and it still isnt. To privitize your airport and give revenue away you think its a good idea…ok im done

      • Onion says:

        The other alternatives involved giving away more revenue in the form of debt payments.

  3. Real Onion says:

    Walter hadn’t a clue what they were talking about and had to be told more than once!

  4. Oh no says:

    He there to demolish what they doing now and bring on island construction to do it. Look at Shelly bay as an example. Hahahaha

    Or maybe they there to take all the credit for the airport project.

    • Paul Revere says:

      Quite obvious that you talk too hear yourself. Island Construction had nothing to do with the demolition of Shelly Bay Beach. They were contracted by the OBA for some road works in the same area, that just happens to be going on while Works n Engineering equipment demolished the building.

  5. drunken ursula says:

    its not a good project at all girl ..but since we all paying for it he better check out how our tax dollar being spent.

    • sandgrownan says:

      Well, we’re not paying for it are we, that’s kind of the point.

      The PLP are just upset their “favourites” didn’t get to overbill with this…

    • Sandgrownan says:

      We’re not paying for it are we… that’s kind of the point isn’t it.

      • What?? says:

        It’s sad that after all this time there are still misinformed people saying “We’re not paying for it are we”.

        You will be paying for it everytime you use the airport. Unless, of course, you think Aecon is going to run it as a charity.

        • therock says:

          “You will be paying for it everytime you use the airport.”

          Just like how you pay other countries to use their airports.

      • Lol says:

        How are we not paying for this? So this project is Pro-Bono? Please explain how the Bermudian Public is not going to pay for this present and future, whether we fund the project ourselves or losses of millions prolly a billion dollars worth of revenue? These are genuine questions that none of you seem to have an ability to answer we just have to take your word for it right?

        • sandgrownan says:

          It’s very easy to understand. Bermuda cannot borrow the amount of money required for a major capital project, such as an airport, at a rate that is sustainable. That’s because we’re broke. We could argue why we’re broke, incompetence of the PLP, recklessness of their attitude to the public purse and dare we say their “unethical behaviour” – look at Port Royal, Berkeley, Kings Wharf..need I elaborate.

          Either way, if you want to embark on a capital project you have engage in some sort of PPP – kind of like KEMH. That’s it. Someone else borrows the money and takes revenue from the completed article. Or do nothing.

  6. Mark says:

    How embarassing that these numpties represent us.

    • Coffee says:

      You are right , one of them is a consultant responsible for over 70 busses out of service …. But that dismal news will be eclipsed when the news of the potential sale of Aecon becomes widely known …

    • At least we wont get Fuzzied numbers.
      LMAO

      • Jimmy Mac says:

        Wanna bet lol.

      • therock says:

        “At least we wont get Fuzzied numbers.”

        LMAO…that’s all you get from the plp, lies, deflection, bigotry. You must be proud, OJ.

  7. Caitlyn says:

    Yes please.Check how our tax dollars are being spent after all I dont want a repeat of the cruise ship dock which overran by millions and then we had to re donit.

  8. Y-Gurl says:

    Happy daze, Robyn isn’t out of his depth here

  9. Zevon says:

    Was he out there tring to “renegotiate” it? Or is Burt handling that?

  10. Coffee says:

    When did the UBP/OBA know that Aecon was exploring the possibility of selling out ?

    Did you know that the Chinese are considering buying Aecon ?

    Who will ‘own’ our airport if Chinese investors buy Aecon ?

    • sandgrownan says:

      Who cares…it’s not your airport.

    • bee says:

      it may have escaped your limited view of the world, but since the PLP put Bda in so much debt, the chinese already own bermuda by way of being our lenders.

  11. No Long A Member says:

    Time will tell all things. When ones don’t listen, they must feel. The debt must be paid.

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