12 Storey Hyatt Hotel to be Built on Bridgetown UNESCO World Heritage Site

Submitted by Anthony Davis

Mark Maloney (l) Mark Cummins (r)

It has taken three years to get to this stage but work on the much anticipated US $100 million Hyatt Centric Resort is finally set to get under way within the next two months – Barbados Today

In a letter to BARBADOS UNDERGROUND under the headline BAJANS WAKE UP! YOU ARE ABOUT TO LOSE BROWN’S BEACH David Comissiong wrote, among other things: “The foreign businessmen, Patrick McCudden, also informed the people of Barbados that all senior positions at the new hotel  WILL be filled by “EXPATRIATES”! (Apparently, we Barbadians are only qualified to hold low level jobs in this Hyatt hotel!)

Pray tell me, ministers Sealy and Sinckler, didn’t the PM say recently that the BLP has a number of spineless men in its party?

If what Mr. Comissiong says is true about only expatriates will have the top jobs at the Hyatt hotel, where are your spines when you allow some foreign bigot to stipulate such?

Are there no people in this country who qualify for such positions?

I, like Mr. Comissiong, am totally against the building of such a monstrosity on any part of Brown’s beach!

Brown’s beach is one of the last pristine beaches in this country where not only the indigenous go, but many of those repeat visitors who cannot afford the type of prices the clients of this hotel chain can.

If no planning permission has been given yet, does that not make the signing of that document null and void?

I cannot see how “the exterior will be blended with historic Garrison and Bridgetown”, because, as far as I know, there were no twelve storey eyesores during the time of slavery.

What makes it worse is that there will be 12-storey twin towers desecrating the landscape along Brown’s beach. This means that one will not be able to see the beauty of the beach when one drives, rides, or walks along Bay Street, meaning that those tourists who come here for the first time, and hire cars will not know what as beautiful beach hidden by that 12-storey, camouflaged hotel!

What about vehicles entering/exiting that property?

That will cause more obstruction/congestion on Bay Street – especially at peak times where the traffic is already very bad!

I surmise that the highest buildings during the slavery period would have been Sam Lord’s castle, and the churches, so wheel and come again!

I have the feeling that not one of you cares if Barbados loses its WHO World Heritage Site designation.

Dresden, a city in Germany, lost its its designation because the authorities had the bright idea of building a new bridge over the river there. I really think that you should keep the drawings for that monstrosity exactly where they are – awaiting approval. This hotel will be right opposite Bethel Methodist church, so tell me how will it blend in with the architecture of that church?

I’ve not heard so much gobbledygook in a long while!

Brown’s beach should be left as it is.

I’m also one who think that we will not be able to walk among the rich, the famous and the bigoted once that monstrosity is there!

I would also like to know what kind of sweetheart deal the owners have received, seeing that the indigenous hotels have not received the same deal that Sandals has up to now!

Government will not see one red cent in foreign exchange from the owners of the condominiums, as that money will leave the island as fast as it comes, and the owners will be foreigners.

How about the Building Code which states that buildings should not be above a certain height?

Has that been rescinded?

You are selling our heritage, our scions’ and their scions’ heritage for thirty pieces of silver!

I hope that you know what happened with Judas!

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. – William H. Borah

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87 Comments on “12 Storey Hyatt Hotel to be Built on Bridgetown UNESCO World Heritage Site”

  1. Colonel Buggy August 4, 2016 at 11:01 PM #

    Back in 1966 the Treasury Building stood out like a sore thumb. The renovation of the Empire Cinema, is like the ever promising ferry, schedule to run between Barbados and the islands.


  2. davidgotmyIP August 4, 2016 at 11:21 PM #


  3. davidgotmyIP August 4, 2016 at 11:27 PM #


  4. Hants August 4, 2016 at 11:33 PM #

    @ David,

    Don’t tell anybody that the posts above were mine.

    A smaller version of that hotel would look good a mile west of Paradise beach.


  5. Hal Austin August 5, 2016 at 3:04 PM #

    Colonel Buggy you are right. The Old General Hospital has been rundown since 1963, along with the Eye Hospital, which was briefly used by the Welfare Dept; a number dilapidated buildings next to Oistin’s post office, a number of buildings in the Garrison, the Grand House at the Eerie, Judge Hanscell’s old house – we can go on.
    Successive BLP and DLP administrations, and the private sector have failed us.
    But you can only sell the family jewels once – once they are gone they are gone.
    As my old grand mother used to say, you never miss the water.


  6. Colonel Buggy August 5, 2016 at 11:36 PM #

    And to think that we had brought in one of the leading “renovationists” in the Caribbean,Historian Dr Lennox Honychurch, to head up the Barbados National Trust,as its General Manager, effective July 1, 2015, and less than a year,probably out of sheer frustration, Dr Honychurch appeared to have quit the job and returned to his native Dominica. This is the man who supervised the restoration of the old and abandoned British Army officer’s quarters at Fort Shirley ,at the Cabritts .He would have done wonders,especially at the Garrison site.


  7. Colonel Buggy August 5, 2016 at 11:49 PM #

    Meanwhile this is the crap which we are trying to sell tourists. The home of Sir Grantley Adams, the first Premier of Barbados and the First Prime Minister of the bruggadung West Indies Federation, and the father of a subsequent Prime Minister of Barbados.

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  8. Well Well & Consequences August 7, 2016 at 5:50 AM #

    Colonel…you do realize it would be hard to find a bribe in restoring hundred year old buildings right..,..therefore the politicians and government ministers are not interested.

    New buildings bring ciot overruns in the hundreds of millions….a bribetakers wet dream.


  9. pieceuhderockyeahright August 7, 2016 at 7:45 AM #

    @ Colonel Buggy

    Do you remember Victor Roachford?

    He used to be the Manager of the Port years ago in the 80’s may have passed by now.

    He had a relationship with a specialist surface reconditioning company I think it was called Consolidated something

    They pioneered the reflective paints in the US, bonding glass beads in paint.

    He marketed a paint 30 years ago that was 3times as expensive as Bruggadown s paint but lasted for 5 years.

    Look at that gate Colonel.

    A lot of our upkeep of our buildings lies in the materials we use to outfit them initially and their respective resiliences

    A penny wise and a pound foolish.

    This simple mathematics is what our purchasing department should, in conjunction with the Barbados National Standards Institute, be doing.

    Requesting resilient paints, telling prospective vendors the specifications and purchasing the supplies with warranties which, if not experienced, result in either the vendor rectifying the situation, return of monies paid, with interest and the publication of the name of the substandard products and the vendor


  10. pieceuhderockyeahright August 7, 2016 at 7:48 AM #

    Victor Roach not Roachford, this iPad just acting up


  11. Colonel Buggy August 7, 2016 at 12:36 PM #

    Is he the tall fellow who lived in St Lawrence at a house where cars always run into his guard wall? If he is, he died a few weeks ago.
    Its not just a matter of penny wise and pound foolish, but what is in it for me. We have seen road marking paint overseas, which lasts a life time,with the occasional cleaning and de-grimeing .In Barbados we used what could be termed, household paint to do our road marking. We do it in the morning, and by evening , unlike we old soldiers, it starts to fade away, which is damn good business for the supplier and his rewardee. Some bright spark at MTW began to use this very durable paint for road marking, but this exercise collapsed and went Bruggadung.
    Speaking of upkeep of our buildings , look at the controversial Al Barrack Towers, just a baby, and ready for a refurbishment job, or scrapped if it is now owned by government. But what takes the cake is the building on country road , the Headquarters of the National Housing Corporation.


  12. Hants August 8, 2016 at 5:45 PM #

    “THE CONSTRUCTION OF high-rise buildings across Barbados, and the use of new chemicals and materials on the market, all present new challenges for fire officers, and necessitate additional training.”



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