DIGICEL KICKS OFF ITS US$1 MILLION PROJECT TO REFURBISH CORONATION MARKET
Digicel Jamaica just unveiled its plans to start the refurbishment of Coronation Market in downtown Kingston. Jamaica.
As the focal point of trade in the downtown area, Coronation Market is a historic landmark – but the market has fallen into disrepair – and has now been blighted by fire. This refurbishment project is in line with Digicel’s decision to build its new headquarters on the waterfront downtown and its commitment to spearhead the rejuvenation of downtown Kingston.
With a detailed survey complete, plans were submitted and approved at a meeting with the Mayor of Kingston, the City Engineer and the technical officers of the KSAC.
Engineering design work is at an advanced stage and the refurbishment will start early next week. The targeted completion will be in the next three to six months and Digicel is investing a total of US$1 million in the project.
Specifically, Digicel – with Kier Group as its contractors – will repair or replace all fire damaged structural steel members, install a new roof, a new floor and a new water system – which will include the collection of rainwater for re-use.
Colm Delves, Group CEO of Digicel, comments; “Coronation Market is the focal point of trade in the downtown area. We announced our intention to refurbish the market in April – and with the events of recent weeks, this project takes on even more urgency. We can’t wait to get moving.”
Mark Linehan, Digicel Jamaica CEO, adds; “With our plans for our new offices downtown progressing well, we’re delighted to be kicking off our Coronation Market project next week as part of our commitment to help rejuvenate downtown Kingston. It’s going to be fantastic.”
Digicel is currently undertaking a similar project to rebuild the Iron Market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti which was devastated by the January 12 earthquake. Kier Group is also involved in this initiative and it is scheduled to be complete by Christmas 2010.