Progress of the Waila City project continues although slower than earlier anticipated. The Authority had advertised for an expression of interest from reputable engineering firms to provide a performance specification analysis of the Master Plan and Design & Build document for the Waila City project.
Housing Authority acting chief executive officer, Isikeli Navuda says, “The analysis will provide the Authority with a guideline of how workable these relevant documents are and will ensure that all different aspects of the project are taken into account before work recommences.”
The incorporation of the performance specification analysis into these documents will strengthen the position of Housing Authority as the principal and Top Symphony as the contractor. It will also eliminate any ambiguities where both parties know from the outset what is required and what will be delivered in terms of the product and the cost at which it will be produced.
At the signing of the master Agreement in May of 2012 the Authority had announced the delivery of the first batch of lots this year but due to the complexity of the project and the lack of infrastructure in place such as the main access road and sewerage reticulation, the team had to review its timelines and delivery dates.
Clearing works for the major road that would connect the Princess road and the Kings road via our Waila 3B subdivision have been completed and they have identified areas which needs extensive treatment due to the nature of the soil texture.
Navuda added, that “identifying these issues early in the project is good as it will allow both parties (Housing Authority and Top Symphony) to prepare and develop strategies to effectively address them from the outset”
The Authority had closed tender on Friday 11th of October and a number of reputable engineering firms have shown their interest and have offered their assistance in the preparation of the performance specification analysis. An evaluation committee was set up and they have reviewed all bids received.
Earlier last week, these companies had made presentations and the recommendation of the Evaluation Committee is currently with our Board of Directors and a decision will be made at their meeting on Tuesday 29th October, 2013.
The development at its completion will be home to approximately 5,000 families and will be complemented with a complete central business district serviced with commercial, industrial, recreational, health, educational and religious facilities.