Rebuild of Pangai Siʻi  site underway for new St George Palace

Construction workers are gearing up to build the St George Palace at Pangai Siʻi with preliminary works started yesterday ahead of construction towards the end of this month.

The $25 million pa’anga (US$11.7 million) project funded by the Chinese government will be spent on a four-storey Government office building which it  would accommodate the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance and National Planning.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office says the staff of the Ministry of Infrastructure have started clearing the site by cutting down the trees and removing other objects in the area.

The containers of building materials for the construction will start arriving on Tuesday 11 August 2015 and a  ground breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the construction will be held toward the end of this month.

The construction was originally planned to start in November 2014 but was delayed until  this week because of the coronation of  His Majesty that was recently taken place in Nuku’alofa.

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