Architect Chrysanthos Chrysanthou, whose firm Chrysanthos E. Chrysanthou & Associates is undertaking the design in the revitalisation of central Paphos, told the Cyprus Weekly, “The deadline for completion is December 22 but we expect some sections of the projects to be completed earlier than this.”
The architect was speaking after residents contacted the paper expressing concern that the extensive €5.6 million works appeared to have stopped. Shopkeepers in the area claimed that contractors had reportedly halted works, owing to a disagreement over contracts and pay. According to the shopkeepers, the dispute arose from the discovery of underground utilities networks that would hike up the cost of work.
Chrysanthou said these rumours were unfounded.
“The contractors suspended works (to prepare) drawings after discovering an issue with a storm water pipe,” he explained. “They need a new pipe for storm water, as the existing one is not functioning so it means some new infrastructure.
“There will likely be a cost of about €100, 000 but this is normal when doing this type of work. Such contingencies are worked into the budget.”
The narrow streets in Paphos town centre with underground water, electricity and sewerage conduits all placed at different levels creates a complex network that can result in temporary work stoppage, Chrysanthou added. “The works are, in fact, progressing well.”
The upgrade, which started in early February, will take until the end of the year and focus on Kennedy Square and traditional shopping centre of the town.
Works will also feature a new municipal, 200-space car park located behind the old police station. The works are being divided into four phases. They will cover Kennedy Square, Makarios Avenue, Evagora Pallikarides and auxiliary streets in between...