Caruana's personal interference in airport project has cost millions
The new air terminal building will cost an additional six million euros due to changes carried out on the personal intervention of the previous GSD Chief Minister Peter Caruana.
The latest cost estimate available to the Government is in the region of 85 million euros.
These changes have contributed to the escalating cost of the project, which was originally advertised as being £24 million and which evidently spiralled out of control once the construction works had commenced.
The changes included enlarging public toilets at a cost of nearly 140,000 euros, increasing the size of monitors at a cost of about 100,000 euros and altering the purpose of the airside facilities building which cost over 817,000 euros.
The changes that have been directly attributed to Mr Caruana and the cost are as follows:
1. Redesign and construction of the entrance to the terminal from the frontier from Ground Floor to First Floor. First floor slab extended (voladizo) to bridge gap between the north facade of the building and the frontier line. - 2477 euros and 66,426 euros
2. Two walls to the first floor corridors leading to and from the frontier changed from solid wall with glass top panel to full height glass wall. - 312,749.89 euros
3. Upgrade from the Contractor's design on lighting and enlargement of the entry processing unit. - at least 2,530,795.21 euros
4. External walls and finishes to the northern facade were changed from blockwork to reconstituted stone and glass. - 1,870,043 euros
5. Alterations to the purpose of the airside facilities building. This involved redesign of then internal walls, electrical and plumbing installations, air conditioning, internal joinery etc. - 817,613.89 euros
6. Enlargement of public landslide toilet blocks. - 139,822.94 euros
7. Addition of various glazed and solid doors and panels related to the connection to
Spain. - 74,297.20 euros
8. Increase in the size of the monitors. - 100,289.28 euros
Total - 5,914,514.41 euros
There is an additional cost of 55,000 euros for concrete stairs that were demolished and rebuilt because the angle did not line up, although they were built as per the original contractor's design, but it is not clear whether the instruction was purely political.
It is obvious that the personal interference of the GSD and Mr Caruana into the air terminal project has cost the taxpayer millions and millions of pounds. It will be recalled that at the time of the Casemates development he boasted that he considered himself to be the Clerk of Works of the Casemates project and that he found this very therapeutic. It is now obvious that these extra-curricular activities have come at a very high price which the rest of Gibraltar will now have to pay