Irish Ministers Frances Fitzgerald (Justice and Equality) and and Simon Harris (State at the Office of Public Works) have confirmed plans to the develop the An Garda Síochána PPP project.
The Police (Garda) Headquarters project involves the refurbishment of stations/facilities including facilities for meeting victims of crime, remedial works to existing stations, development of large scale property and exhibit management stores, and upgrade of cells and provision of improved custody management facilities.
Minister Fitzgerald also confirmed that planned Public Private Partnership project will deliver three Garda Stations on new sites at Macroom, Clonmel and Sligo as well as new Property and Exhibit Management Stores at five locations around the country.
These projects will be advanced in conjunction with the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) and planning for these initiatives will get underway in 2016. The timescale for completion is dependant on the market's response but projects of this type generally take in the region of three to four years to complete.
This announcement comes after the National Development Finance Agency awarded, in mid January this year, two technical advisory contracts for the project. The contracts were awarded to Doran Consulting Limited and Aecom, which will have to provide technical advisory services.
Speaking at the announcement, Minister Fitzgerald stated:
"This comprehensive programme of investment includes over €60million of Exchequer funding as part of Government's Capital Plan 2016 - 2021 as well as a major PPP project. This investment will allow us to provide new stations and to modernise older stations at key locations around the country, ensuring safe, modern working environment for Gardaí as well as fit-for-purpose facilities for visitors, victims and suspects. "
"This investment will help ensure that we have a 21st Century network of fit-for-purpose Garda stations which is critical to delivering effective policing service and to tackling crime."
Speaking at the announcement Minister Harris stated:
"Three major Garda capital projects were started this year by my Office - the Divisional Headquarters at Kevin Street, Wexford and Galway just last Friday. With considerable expertise and professionalism, my Office will continue to deliver on the priorities announced today over the lifetime of the Plan to ensure that An Garda Síochána will have the highest standard of accommodation and facilities at its disposal".