Paint Supply Delays Cricket Grounds Restoration
Work on a $2.3 million upgrade project at the Arnos Vale cricket facility in the Caribbean has been pushed back due to the unavailability of rust protective paint.
The Arnos Vale Stadium, near Kingstown, St. Vincent, reportedly holds 18,000 people and is mostly used for football and cricket matches. The restoration project began in September last year and was expected to be completed by 2024.
About the Project
The project was announced in August of last year, with a signing ceremony held at the National Sports Council between the contractors and the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. K-Electric Company, alongside Browne’s Design and Construction Service Ltd., will reportedly carry out the renovations.
Work was anticipated to be completed on the Double Decker Stand, the Frank Thomas Stand, the Bleachers, the Michael Findlay Pavilion, the Administrative Building and the Media Center.
At the time, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports Raymond Ryan explained that the completion of repairs would enable the facility to host local, regional and international games in an effort to generate additional revenue.
Minister of Public Service, Consumer Affairs and Sports Hon. Frederick Stephenson also noted that Arnos Vale has “one of the best cricket grounds in our region,” and that the grounds must be maintained with certain upgrades to meet international standards.
Work on the project began in September of last year. However, the latest paint supply issue, along with rain in the area, has caused an “unexpected delay.”
Manager of the National Sports Council Miles Bascombe recently told reporters that the special rust protective paint to be used on the steel, mainly in the double-decker stand and the Frank Thomas stand, has been delayed.
The paint, which has reportedly been sourced from Slovenia, does not have an expected time of arrival, according to the National Sports Council.
“There is a lot of steel work, structural steel work, and the sandblasting for example of those metals cannot be done because the contractors would have to leave the steel exposed ... and their intention is to sandblast and paint right away,” Bascombe explained.
Engineers also reportedly carried out assessments regarding safety on the double-decker stands, as well as complaints about the washrooms. Bascombe said that “structurally” the items that were flagged were the stairs leading from the first level to the second level for “additional support,” adding that they are not “dangerous.”
In terms of the washrooms, the sewage system of relay tanks using pumps to the treatment plant has reportedly “failed.”
“We still have to do an assessment of the treatment plant because we cannot ascertain whether or not that is functioning because there is a breakdown in the end,” said Bascombe.
“So we have to do some evaluation of that system. But we are also planning for alternatives ... if it’s not feasible to try to rehabilitate.”
Officials hope that international games will be able to be played at the venue by 2024. According to the International Cricket Council accommodation protocols, the venue should include one room per player and one room per official.
“We would remember that a big part of that is the availability of room stock ... and we do anticipate by next year that those rooms should be available,” Bascombe said.