At government’s request, the Recovery and Development Agency has cancelled the tender process for repairing the pavilion of the A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground, the final component of the sports arena’s ongoing renovations, according to a Friday press release from the RDA.

After consulting extensively with funders and stakeholders, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, which manages the project, has decided that instead of rebuilding the existing structure, it will develop a larger, “more modern” facility to best suit the territory’s needs, the press release stated.

“In light of this, the RDA has been asked to cancel the tender and to plan for a more ambitious, top-class facility, which can be achieved through intensive collaboration and partnership,” the press release stated.

Previous works

To date, RDA projects at the grounds have included the installation of a new track; the installation and outfitting of air-conditioned bathrooms with groundworks and drainage capacities; and the construction of the external perimeter fence and the internal trackside fence, the press release stated.

Currently, the agency is working to design, supply and install stadium lighting, as well as repairing the grandstand, gym and sickbay.

“To the contractors who have started the bidding process on the pavilion through the RDA, we acknowledge that you have already invested in your bids thus far, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused by the cancelation,” the press release stated, adding, “The decision to retender a more ambitious plan for the pavilion is a positive step, and we look forward to the RDA engaging with all contractors in the building of a premier pavilion.”

Colene Penn, RDA head of communications, did not respond to requests for comment