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  • JDF has been tasked with designing and constructing a secure storage facility at the Government Forensic Laboratory at 2 ½ Hope Boulevard, in Kingston.
  • The project is estimated to cost $170 million if undertaken by private contractors, and $92 million if done by the JDF.
  • The document further states that the Government is required to spend $30 million and the rest funded by the European Union (EU).

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has been tasked with designing and constructing a secure storage facility at the Government Forensic Laboratory at 2 ½ Hope Boulevard, in Kingston.

As outlined in a Ministry Paper tabled by Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, during the sitting of the House of Representatives on May 13, the project is estimated to cost $170 million if undertaken by private contractors, and $92 million if done by the JDF.

The document further states that the Government is required to spend $30 million and the rest funded by the European Union (EU). However, the Government’s allocation was slashed by $10 million towards the end of the 2013/14 financial year.

The project will entail construction of a single storey reinforced concrete facility that will comprise 10 secure storerooms. The total area of new construction is approximately 611 square metres and is designed to alleviate the chronic storage problem currently facing the lab.

The Paper states that the Ministry of National Security is currently carrying out the procurement of the construction material, equipment and other goods and services for the project. A sum of  $20 million has already been spent to acquire: shipping container (for storage); one five-tonne truck; one hydraulic backhoe (50 per cent paid); construction material; ready mix concrete; reinforcement steel; personal protective equipment; and termite treatment.