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$1.3m facelift

Timoci Vula
Saturday, November 17, 2012

THE 40-year-old YWCA building in the heart of the Capital City will soon undergo a $1.3million facelift — anticipated to transform the vision of the property situated along the waterfront.

It has been confirmed that the project —financed by Westpac Banking Corporation— will be managed by Pacific Risk Consulting Engineers.

Local company SHAIRNIK Construction has been selected by Ray Paris, a leading provider of building and risk management, to complete and renovate the YWCA Building at Sukuna Park — formerly JJs on the Park and now trading as de Vos on the Park.

Work, which will include complete cleaning and resurfacing of the external structure; a new roof; a new lift; and internal plumbing, electrical and fire safety improvements, is anticipated to be completed in 26 weeks.

"It (building) needs to be upgraded, the crisis came with the leaking roof early this year and as good landlords, we really need to take good care of the building for its viable use," YWCA interim general secretary Reverend Ann Drummond said.

She said this was the association's major source of income, returns from which were diverted to fund the various programs they had to support young women in the country, and manage their projects throughout Fiji.

Association national treasurer Alisi Daurewa said since the association was not donor-driven, they had to build on what they had and strengthen it.

Chief executive officer of de Vos on the Park Annemarie de Vos said visual would be the first change following the upgrade.

"As our business continues to expand, we need a new modernised building with advanced technology to help us scale up for growth and maintain our place in the market," Ms de Vos said. She said they were working closely with executives of the association,

The building was last upgraded more than 10 years ago.


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