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The town of Warrens located in the parish of Saint Michael is one of the fastest developing areas in the country of Barbados. In the span of a few years beginning around the year 2000, the Warrens, Saint Michael area has become synonymous with new money flowing into the country and for the development in the form of newly constructed tall buildings.
Upon the completion of two new towers in Warrens it is estimated that roughly 350,000 square feet (33,000 m2) of the island's 860,000 sq ft (80,000 m2). of A-Class office space will be located in Warrens.
Traditional building-height restrictions in the central Bridgetown area, and the perseverance of Barbados authorities in not allowing full-scale conversion of Bridgetown's many traditional buildings into tall iron and glass works has led to many companies in Barbados choosing to locate in the Warrens area for their high-rise complexes.
Government and infrastructure
Retail and residential
In addition to the office complexes which characterize Warrens, there are several retail operations, catering both to those who work in the area and those who do not. The area around Warrens has become more favored for residential development.
- Lynch-Foster, Amanda (10 June 2007). "Warrens rising". Nation Newspaper. Archived from the original on 17 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-10.
- Hoyos, Patrick (7 February 2011). "Hutton: Warrens leads island in A-Class office market". The Broad Street Journal. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
They are usually occupied by retail banks and are “spread evenly across the four major submarkets of Warrens, Wildey, Collymore Rock and the South Coast (Highway Seven between the Garrison and Oistins),” writes Mr. Hutton. However, when the two large office buildings currently being built at Warrens - Omni Towers and Baobab Towers - are completed, Warrens will have around 350,000 square feet (33,000 m2) of A-Class office space out of a total of 860,000 sq ft (80,000 m2). on the island.
- Town and Country Planning Department Office - Barbados Government: FAQ -- Is there a maximum number of storeys that can be constructed?
- Mallalieu, Andrew (10 December 2008). "The Physical Development Plan: A Foundation For Future Growth". BusinessBarbados.com. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
Perhaps more so than any other country in the world Barbadians value the “view” from their property, and this is what makes height limitations so controversial. Not only can the view from one property to the other be affected but also the very nature of the landscape is changed. Currently there is a limit for beachfront development on most of the island of 55 feet (17 m).
- Town and Country Planning Department Office - Barbados Government: Preservation and Conservation of Historic Buildings
- Lynch-Foster, Amanda. "Warrens still in boom". Nation Newspaper. Archived from the original on 13 July 2007. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
Business magnate Ralph "Bizzy" Williams, whose companies Williams Equipment and H&B Home Building Supplies (originally Tradesman Centre) were among the first major businesses in the area, told the SUNDAY SUN Warrens "has been a town for some time" and "will soon be a city". "Warrens is only in its infancy. It will become the business centre of Barbados over the coming 20-year period and it will continue to grow," Williams stated.
- M., M. (30 December 2010). "Warrens traffic project raises questions". Nation Newspaper. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
A multimillion dollar road building project, designed to ease congestion in and around Warrens, St Michael, has run into a number of concerns from residents.
- Yarde, Tony (25 June 2010). "DANGER ZONE: End of the road". Nation Newspaper. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
Reports have also indicated that Government will be spending $50 million on an overhaul of the traffic flow in Warrens, St Michael.[dead link]
- Madden, Marlon (30 December 2010). "Green light". Nation Newspaper. Archived from the original on 31 December 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
N ESTIMATED $43.5 million road construction project to ease traffic in and around the Warrens, St Michael area is slated to commence next week.
- H., J. (2 January 2011). "Warrens Project starts tomorrow". The Barbados Advocate. Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
The roundabouts will be placed in Bagatelle, the Automotive Art Junction, the junction at the One Accord Plaza in Jackson, the junction at PriceSmart and Manor Lodge. Additionally, the “triangle” now located in the vicinity of KFC and the CGI Tower will also be turned into roundabout.
- "Home." Ministry of Labour. Retrieved on 28 February 2014. "3rd Floor West, Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados"
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- Cox, Nicholas (13 January 2010). "New Warrens buildings to be delivered next year". The Barbados Advocate. Retrieved 5 March 2011.[dead link]