Newly Refurbished Red House is Leaking


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jan 29, CMC – Less than 72 hours after the grand re-opening of the mufti-million dollar refurbished Parliament building, heavy rains have exposed some flaws in the facility.

The Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (UDeCOTT) said that a broken rubber seal on the aluminum flashing in the skylight over the rotunda, was responsible for the leak.

UDeCOTT said the matter is being rectified by the contractor, as it falls within the defects liability period of one year and will be repaired at no additional cost to taxpayers.

The Red House, as the Parliament building is known as, was re-opened on Friday, after the renovation work had been completed at a cost of TT$441 million.

Cardboard used to collect water from a leaking roof at Parliament (Photo via Facebook, Phillip Edward Alexander).

Photos of cardboard laid out on the floor of the rotunda were shared on social media and one political activist, Phillip Edward Alexander, criticised the leak asking how many more millions would be needed to “make a roof work like a roof”.

Alexander, along with a group of people had protested outside the Red House last Friday, noting that almost half a billion dollars had been spent on restoration works but the roof appeared to be “still rusting”. – CMC