Montserrat hosting high level charrette this week to look at Little Bay development

Walter Zephirin of 7th Heaven Properties

The Montserrat Cultural Centre will be the venue for a three-day charrette to look at future development plans for the new town in Little Bay.

The Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC), the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Office of the Premier are hosting 12 major property developers, architects, marketing specialists and town planners to look at the proposed vision for Little Bay and to brainstorm on how it can be improved and become more attractive to investors.
The visitors combined handle property and marketing portfolios worth more than $8 billion around the Caribbean and Europe. They include St. Lucian-born Walter Zephirin of 7th Heaven Properties which is a leading Caribbean property marketing organisation, listing residential and commercial property and land for sale from across the entire Caribbean region; Royd Smurthwaite of the Ridgeview Group, who has extensive international experience in construction and knowledge of property development; Drusilla Bryan of brandKiss, a tourism marketing firm; and Ripin Kalra, who has a professional background in tropical architecture, master-planning and financial management. He leads London-based IMC Worldwide’s work on sustainable masterplanning and disaster risk reduction and is a Senior Fellow at the University of Westminster.

The executives arrived Tuesday went to a reception hosted by His Excellency the Governor, Adrian Davis.

According to DFID Programme Representative Kato Kimbugwe, the purpose of the charrette is three-fold: to develop ideas for the rebranding of Montserrat as an exclusive tourist destination; to revisit the Master Plan for the development of Little Bay as the new capital town and economic centre for the island; and to consider plans for developing a marina at Carr’s Bay.

The charrette will include presentations from local and international stakeholders and will look at the impact of Soufriere Hills Volcano on potential development plans; private sector financing models and conditions for investment.

Some of the local stakeholders include private land owners, architects, engineers and those in the construction and property development sector.

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