PM Rowley attends Furness Car Park sod turning ceremony
June 30, 2016: The Furness Car Park was an idea conceived by the current Furness Chairman Mr. William Ferreira to provide the largest Car Park in the country and perhaps the Caribbean in the most central location in Port of Spain at the heart of the Government Campus and its surroundings.
Over two thirds of the available office space in the vicinity are incomplete and the existing two car parks are bursting into their seams thus there was a great need for another.
The old Furness Court building was demolished and is being replaced with a modern 12 story car park to facilitate about 1000 cars to take care of this need. This is the first phase and the second phase will be to continue the facility over to the Furness House side which when completed will cater for 1800 spots in total.
This new facility will comprise of 12 floors with access points on Richmond Street and Wrighston Road.
We will have 2 high capacity passenger lifts located on each corner of the car park to take customers to their cars swiftly and conveniently.
What makes this car park very different to what is offered out there is the fact that it is completely enclosed so there will be no entry or exit outside the established points which will be suitably manned by 24 hour security. There will be CCTV cameras monitoring and recording al activities on site and we will have mobile patrols on golf carts by security personnel to ensure the safety and wellbeing of every customer that park there.
The operation of the facility is again very different to what Trinidad is accustomed to. We have ordered the best equipment that allows fast mechanised entry and exit so the experience will be quick and convenient backed fully with a generator in case of power outages. No cash and very little human interaction. This is a fully automated system used widely in the US and Europe featuring a ticketed entry and exit. Payment is done at any time using pay machines located throughout the facility accepting credit cards or linx cards.
The construction starts now and will be completed in 15 months or less. Phase 2 starts right after that.
This first phased project will cost in excess of 100M.
This project alone will employ 500 persons directly and indirectly over the next 15 months. It will also contribute to the cash flow of the economy as approximately 80% or $80M will be utilised on local labour, equipment and the materials for execution of this project. During the construction about $15M will be paid in taxes to the Government along with additional values for National Insurance, Business Levy, green fund, insurances and bonds as per statutory requirements each.
(From left to right) Ms. Adriana Ferreira – member of the Furness Group board of directors, Mr. William A. Ferreira – Holding Chairman and CEO, Furness Group, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley, Senator Paula Gopee-Scoon – Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Patrick Ferreira – Property Director, Furness Group and Mr. Ignatius S. Ferreira – Chairman Emeritus, Furness Trinidad Ltd at the sod turning ceremony of the Furness Car Park on Wednesday June 29, 2016.
(From left to right) Ms. Adriana Ferreira – member of the Furness Group board of directors, Mr. Patrick Ferreira – Property Director, Furness Group, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley, Mr. William A. Ferreira – Holding Chairman and CEO, Furness Group, Mr. Ignatius S. Ferreira – Chairman Emeritus, Furness Trinidad Ltd and Mr. Thomas Chanona – CEO, Kee-Chinona Limited at the sod turning ceremony of the Furness Car Park.
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