The construction of a Tonga Government Office Building complex named St George Palace that was predicted since 2010 had its signing ceremony on September 12 in the Prime Minister’s office in Nuku’alofa.
The construction is set to start in July 2014 and this new building Complex will be situated at Pangai Si’i.
The contract for the construction was signed by representatives from the China Northeast Architectural Design and Research Institute Co., Ltd and the authority from the Government of Tonga.
Statement from Prime Minister’s office in Nuku’alofa says, “This project was first initiated in 2010, a vision of His Late Majesty King George Tupou V. In April 2012, the two Governments have confirmed available funding to undertake this project and launched a mission to work on the designs for the new Government Office Building Complex.
“Last week, the team from the China Northeast Architectural Design and Research Institute Co. Ltd, made a second visit to Tonga to consult on the conceptual designs with relevant Ministries prior to the Design Agreement Contract being signed at the end of their mission”.
“The new Government Office Building Complex will accommodate the proposed tenants – the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade including the Immigration Division and the Ministry of Finance and National Planning.
Following the signing of this contract, the Chines contractor will proceed with the preliminary design for the project”.