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The Sugar Heritage Village is a long-term project.  In order to assure a steady progression in development the elements of the project have been grouped into phases. Some items will take one to three years and others are scheduled to take three to five years. The key is to make certain that sufficient groundwork is being done to guarantee that once started, nothing has to be revisited.  Since the project’s formal launch by the country’s Prime Minister in 2011, great strides have been made towards the groundwork of the project.  A few milestone achievements thus far include the:

  • Formal launch of the Sugar Heritage Village project by the Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago and subsequently, the active support of cabinet and several Government Ministries.
  • Appointment by cabinet of a dedicated steering committee to see project plans through to fruition.
  • Sourcing and soliciting support for the project from both corporate and government entities.
  • Establishment of a small secretariat and the completion of the Sugar Heritage Visitor Information Centre.
  • Site map of the Sugar Heritage Village which besides identifying where elements of the project will go, also specifies which existing buildings may be preserved and repurposed.
  • Effective phasing of the Sugar Heritage Village elements. Please visit the Project Facilities page for a list of facilities & resources as well as estimated time frame for completion.
  • Structural integrity assessment of all buildings for repurposing.
  • Brechin Castle factory demolition.
  • Collection, storage and sorting of valuable documents for the Archive & Document Centre.
  • Collection and storage of artifacts for the Sugar Museum.
  • Completion of video and audio interviews with those who used to work within the sugar industry. These interviews serve to give a first-hand recap of life during our sugar cane era and will be featured in the Sugar Museum, Archive & Document Centre and a sample of interviews on this website.
  • Commencement of building works for the Sugar Museum building.
  • Commencement of renovations of the Sevilla Club (one of the SHV project’s sporting and recreation facilities complete with swimming pool, golf course, tennis courts and club house).