Members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force now have a refurbished police barracks on the sister island of Virgin Gorda. (Photo: GIS)

The police barracks on Virgin Gorda re-opened last Thursday after 2017 hurricane damage was repaired through a project led by the Deputy Governor’s Office and implemented by the Recovery and Development Agency.

The project, which was jointly funded by the Virgin Islands and United Kingdom governments, was carried out by Ridgeview Construction (BVI) at an overall contract cost of $878,118.32, RDA CEO Paul Bayly said last Thursday during the opening ceremony.

Works included a new roof; a re-fitted electrical system; new kitchen appliances; a new ring beam; repairs to guttering and downspouts; installation of shutters; replacement of balcony and handrails, doors and windows; and changes to the interior components, according to Mr. Bayly.

A solar water heater and a new perimeter fence were also installed. During the ceremony, the project was hailed as an example of a successful partnership.

“This project has the right teams and the support to progress,” said Governor Gus Jaspert.“It represents a success on the journey towards achieving the results of the build back better process.”

Premier Andrew Fahie also spoke, saying that the people of Virgin Gorda were able to take care of themselves in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

“By God’s grace we are being brought to a place of resiliency,” he said. “This project involved many parts coming together to make it a success and I thank everyone who played their part.”

Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Minister Vincent Wheatley (R-D9), who represents Virgin Gorda, explained the history of the location and its significance to the island’s people, according to Government Information Services.

Mr. Bayly handed the keys over to Deputy Governor David Archer, who then passed them to Deputy Police Commissioner Alwyn James.