CLARENCE HOUSE RESTORATION moves into phase two

The Quantity Surveyor of the Clarence House restoration is reporting that the project has seen some unexpected costs though it is still, overall, under budget.

In 2012, Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack secured $10 million dollars from the Harrison Foundation for the restoration of historical Clarence House.

Richard Watson, who represents the donor, told state media there have been some unforeseen expenses.

“For instance, the upper level walls were found to be in worse condition that we thought they would be,” he said. “The restoration of those walls is taking longer than we expected.”

Watson said, because of the nature of the project, contingencies were made for unforeseen expenses.

“We had a contingency allowance to cover unforeseen events. We have had to use some of that contingency so far,” he said.

The last eight to nine months have been spent rebuilding the structure of the edifice. The restoration is now moving into phase two, the interior refurbishment.

The main benefactor of the Harrison Foundation, Sir Peter Harrison, who is an avid sailor, is on island for this year’s sailing week activities.

Sir Peter said that he has taken a hands-on approach to the project.

“I get regular reports at home. As I get those evaluation reports I send money out to here to keep that project going,” he said

“We have spent three days going over the paper work reviewing the project and its coming out very good.”

The restoration is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015.