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UK company with no listed construction experience given local contract!

-Transparency being questioned
Axiom International has been awarded the contract for the reconstruction of the Virgin Islands (VI) police facilities. Photo: Internet Source
Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews says that the company also has the responsibility of engaging local contractors. Photo: VINO/Files.
Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews says that the company also has the responsibility of engaging local contractors. Photo: VINO/Files.
Claude O. Skelton-Cline. Photo: VINO/File
Claude O. Skelton-Cline. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A foreign company has been awarded the contract, for the reconstruction of the Virgin Islands (VI) police facilities. This was revealed by Commissioner of Police, Michael B. Matthews.

During an appearance on the radio show Honestly Speaking with Claude O. Skelton-Cline on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, Commissioner Matthews, when asked about the status and slow execution of the repair and reconstruction of the police facilities said  the “request for proposal was issued in the United Kingdom (UK) and a UK company, Axiom International was awarded the contract.”

Commissioner Matthews went on to say that the company also has the responsibility of engaging “local contractors and provide oversight and accountability for the execution of works.”

However, Axiom International, according to their website, indicates that their core business is ‘Global Specialist in Forensic Science, Police, Criminal Justice and National Security’. The company was founded in 2010 and Lord John Stevens is profiled as one of the Principals, and appears to have no experience in construction.

Our research also shows nowhere in their business model does the company show any expertise in the construction field. This has led to questions by members of the public as to why companies in the Virgin Islands (VI) were not made aware of the availability of the contract, and how the outsourcing of the contract to an overseas firm provides proves more efficient.

Notwithstanding, the UK government provided the funds and have promised through the Governor’s Office that local companies will be directly involved in the rebuilding process.

Concerns have also been raised as to the supervision and auditing of the works to be executed by the company, as the UK has been touting transparency, accountability, and good governance.

Double standards?

Jennet B. Williams, of Spy Glass Hill on the western end of Tortola, in commenting on the issue said “this model does not reflect good governance, or is it that the UK would have us to believe it is their funding, hence we do not have a right or a need to know how they are operating in our Territory?”

She also questioned the Government’s role in the matter, asking “where is our elected government in all of this? It appears they continue to be sidelined."

23 Responses to “UK company with no listed construction experience given local contract!”

  • Jaigon (02/07/2018, 14:13) Like (11) Dislike (15) Reply
    VINO some investigations needs to be done in who are the shareholders/beneficiaries in this AXIOM group. Something smells fishery here.
  • Truth (02/07/2018, 15:30) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    Now i see why the uk cant lock up the ndp they cannot throw stones in glass houses
  • Wait (02/07/2018, 16:16) Like (35) Dislike (7) Reply
    So the UK should pay for it and just hand the contract over to a local? How about the BVI pay for it and put whoever they want to do it. Its simple
  • Leo Boo Boo. (02/07/2018, 16:32) Like (3) Dislike (20) Reply
    Typical government spin. Never want to follow rules. And commissioner want people to cooperate with police investigations and he behaving this way. Makes a darn dog sick right about now.
  • Political Observer (PO) (02/07/2018, 16:37) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    Why was the funding for the project not processed through the local government for the design and constructioon of RVIPF facilities? Are the RVIPF though falling under the purview of the Governor not funded by local taxpayers? Who funds the Comish compensation? Is the UK government saying that it has lost confidence in the local government? Is the UK starting to exhibit similar behaviour to the Chinese. For example, when the Chinese provide either a grant or a loan, the terms and conditions are that Chinese equipment, material, workers ....etc have to be used. Could not the MCW handle this project? Can the assumption be made that it is UK funds so they are entitled to determining the mode of doing the work?
  • um (02/07/2018, 16:47) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    So checking their website they are “ a modern and dynamic property and construction consultancy”
    Which means the U.K Govt hire them and they hire the local contractors- but not sure why they didn’t use a local project management company?
    • wize up (02/07/2018, 20:48) Like (31) Dislike (4) Reply
      @ um: maybe the UK authorities have lost trust or confidence when it comes to money matters in this region!!!!!
  • wize up (02/07/2018, 17:19) Like (40) Dislike (3) Reply
    the police needs the building(who cares who builds it)...almost a year: what about the fire department!!!! West-Side customs/immigration...
  • island man (02/07/2018, 18:12) Like (12) Dislike (25) Reply

    Oh yes! It appears as long as you are from Europe you are automatically a professional. I will like to inform you this is not true. Some of them have Phd. MBA. BA etc. and they cannot do the job. Ah matter of fact, they don't know anything pertaining to their degree. BVI, wiseup please review these so call well paid experts; There are locals or even Caribbean nationals who are more than capable. 

  • vex (02/07/2018, 20:14) Like (8) Dislike (13) Reply
    both UK and BVI corrupt
  • biker (02/07/2018, 20:29) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply

    Axiom is a security contractor that works with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in regards to security related projects. The project in the BVI is the re-building of several RVIPF stations to provide stronger and more secure police stations. Axiom is the designer and general contractor for these new police stations. Axiom would hire local contractors to perform various parts of the construction but not all the construction due to security reasons.

  • hey (02/07/2018, 20:38) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply

    Get mad or not. I am happy to see money go elsewhere and not in the NDP club. They getting everything and now police gone international ayo crying fowl.

    Go look for the millions upon millions this NDP government allegedly squander off with peddle back funds turning politicians into millionaire and boasting in the HOA as if them is God's gift to us.

    We allowing this crap to happen by our own to us. So what if a UK company get a contract.

    Hypocrisy at its best sah

  • told you (02/07/2018, 20:56) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    intelligence community people. UK or US or sometimes others, like a German security company does this.
    Nothing to do with construction, everything to do with observing people. No joke. BP even hired them to
    watch their pipeline in the far north. They also make very un-intelligent mistakes.
  • Aragorn (03/07/2018, 00:01) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    I think it would be very disrespectful to the BVI’s cultural heritage and detrimental to our future identity development for them to consider rebuilding their head quarters in the Sir Olva George’s Plaza. I haven’t seen any public statements as to whether a decission has been made on this matter, but I hope to hear word of their intentions soon. This plaza is a highly significant symbolic,historical and cultural space for the BVI. A growing number of farmers and members of the public feel this valuable public space is bettered used to house community socioeconomic improvement efforts rather than - a no less needed- but hopefully a more suitably located police head quarters.
  • NoPityHere (03/07/2018, 10:02) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hurricane Irma revealed a lot of what has been happening in the BVI years. The shabby work that our local Construction Companied have provided and got away with. I was shocked to see the work!!. Some were just "sticks" and plywood nicely decorated. Some home/business owners were virtually "ripped off". To be honest I feel no pity for them.
  • Glue (03/07/2018, 11:17) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good job! Now MAYBE the police stations will be designed with disabled access, better parking facilities for the general public and not all the workers clogging up the spaces. Glad that those within the various departments will not get their sticky fingers on the funds or direct family members to do the works. RVIPF has wanted millions of dollars over the years and dreadfully need a modern, secure and aesthetically pleasing facelift and this just could be the start. Just hope that a concise preventative maintenance schedule is enshrined within the culture there! Way too much abuse of the system and funds.
  • ausar (03/07/2018, 11:31) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    What I would have likedvtp see is international contracts given for infrastructural developments-roads, sewers, drains, and the like.

    A new directon of development is needed for those critical, needed areas of human development.
  • Peebles (03/07/2018, 13:15) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    No different than Peebles expansion project that was given to contractor with zero hospital experience...
  • 685 (03/07/2018, 15:39) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    For many years small Contractors were unable to get contracts with Government because the Larger Contracting Firms had "Lobbyist" within the Government who spoke on their behalf. Checkout the past major building contract within the past few years and you will see whose firm is mentioned year after year. The constructing cost would start at one price then doubled by the end of the contract. The UK Government would never again allow so much money to fall into the hands of our current Government who have spent money like it was being grown on trees without transparency.
  • wize up (03/07/2018, 15:46) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    what went wrong or where did we go wrong: I recall the territory under Hon Wheatley moving away from Granting Aid: from 1975 until 2007 we did well as a people and we survived all manner of adversity: my goodness here we are in 2018 living in a world of glorious uncertainty....out of all order!!!! So to speak!!!

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