25. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the proposed works on Newcastle West Garda station are due to commence. (Question 44076/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): It is envisaged that this project will be completed towards the latter end of the Garda Capital Investment Plan 2016-2021.

OPW has received an outline brief of requirements from An Garda Síochána (AGS) and has completed a feasibility study on the existing Station site. OPW Architectural Services are currently reviewing this feasibility study from a Health and Safety and building efficiency perspective, prior to the preparation of tender documents for the procurement of external Civil and Structural and Mechanical and Electrical Consultants. It is anticipated that tenders for both of these Services will issue by the end of the year.

OPW Civil and Structural services are arranging to have necessary site investigations carried out.

At this early stage of the project, and until the design team is in place, it is difficult to estimate the timeline for the completion of the new build. However, it is hoped that both the ‘Planning’ and ‘Tendering for construction’ phases will take place by end of 2018.