Ocho Rios Fishing Village is engineering Project of the Year

The Ocho Rios Fishing Village has been named the Jamaica Institution of Engineers (JIE) 2018 Project of the Year.

The award was presented at the JIE's recent annual awards dinner and gala, where four nominees for the award were recognised for outstanding engineering work.

The winning project involved the redevelopment and redesigning of the fishing village, work which was executed in three phases. Phase One included construction of 18 small shops and restaurants, parking bays, walkways, sewage and electrical upgrades, and renovation of the driveway. Phase two involved the construction of a two-storey building housing two large restaurants, a dining pavilion, and facilities for fisher folk. The third phase saw the reclamation and renourishment of 1,200 m of beach frontage.

The modern, aesthetically pleasing facility was constructed for the benefit of fisherfolk, locals and tourists alike, the project team said.

In addition to physical and infrastructure upgrades, the project facilitated training of the fisherfolk in business management, personal skills, and customer service from the HEART/Trust NTA and Jamaica Business Development Corporation.

The JIE noted that the project used all raw materials from construction and is energy efficient, making use of a solar PV system supplemented by LED lighting in exterior spaces. Tradesmen and artisans employed on the project were locally procured.

The fishing village project also incorporated the two water sources (Sailor Hole spring and a tri....

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