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The  Urban  Development  Corporation  (UDC)  has  issued  invitations  for  pre-qualification  of  building  contractors  as  it  spearheads  the  construction  of  a  state-of-the-art  beach  park  at  Closed  Harbour  Beach,  also  known  as  “Dump-up  Beach.”  in Montego Bay, St. James.  

 The scope of the works include widening of the sidewalk and new perimeter fencing  along Gloucester Avenue and Howard Cooke Boulevard while the interior of the  park  will  feature  a  network  of  hardscape  and  landscape,  public  restrooms, changing  rooms,  beach  showers,  jogging  trail,  site  filling  and  grading  and  support services including electrical, sewerage, storm water drainage and telecommunication. 
Prequalification  documents  must  be  collected  between  Tuesday,  January  9, 2018 to Monday, January 29, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at a cost of J$3,000 and submitted in sealed envelopes and deposited in the tender box at the UDC’s Head Office  at or before 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. Bids will be opened on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 3:15 pm. 

Closed Harbour (Dump Up) Beach forms part of the UDC’s Montego Bay Re-development  Programme,  in  downtown  Montego  Bay,  St.  James,  and  has  been identified as one of the sites with high potential to spur further development of the city. The intention is to convert the 16-acre property into a world class recreational space with amenities that will allow for it to operate as a free access licenced public beach and multi-purpose park. 

The beach will be the starting point of a public coastal park system to include the Old Hospital Park, and Gun Point Beach.  The Closed Harbour Beach, which is a part of the UDC’s holdings in St. James was created in the 1970’s on reclaimed land, and forms a part of the trifecta of beaches including Walter Fletcher and Gun Point Beaches. 

The  construction  will  be  carried  out  in  tandem  with  the  Montego  Bay Waterfront  Rehabilitation  Project,  a  separate  undertaking  aimed  at  repairing  the groynes protecting the Closed Harbour, Walter Fletcher and Gun Point Beaches. The restoration  of  the  groynes  is  being  partly  funded  by  the  Caribbean  Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) through the KfW Development Bank.  

The  concept  for  the  project  has  received  the  endorsement  of  the  St,  James Municipal Corporation and has been shared with community stakeholders. On March 21, 2018, the UDC will celebrate 50 years of making development happen in Jamaica having been established by an Act of Parliament in 1968. 
For further information, please contact 
The Corporate Relations and Marketing Department  
Urban Development Corporation  
12 Ocean Boulevard Kingston, Jamaica  
Tel: (876) 656-8031  
January 12, 2018