Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran welcomes the €8.3 million contract for the restoration and refurbishment of Athlone Garda Station
20 April 18
Mr. Kevin 'Boxer' Moran, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, was in Athlone today with the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, T.D. to announce details of the restoration and refurbishment of Athlone Garda Station.
Minister Moran said, "I am delighted to be in my home town today with Minister Flanagan to announce that the OPW has selected the preferred main contractor to carry out the refurbishment of Athlone Garda Station. This is a much needed project for the town and will involve the complete restoration and refurbishment of the existing Garda Station and the former Social Protection building next door. Both of these OPW buildings date from the 1930’s and 1940’s respectively. A new link building between these buildings will provide a new entrance that is accessible to all and incorporates new facilities for the Gardai."
The works will be undertaken in two main Phases. Phase one of the work will take place to the former Social Protection building and phase two of the work will comprise the existing Garda Station building. A final element will consist of the linking of both buildings and the removal of temporary installations in the former Social Protection building.
The Minister went on to say, "An Garda Síochána will continue operations from the existing station during phase one and will operate from the refurbished building during phase two of the works - a temporary public office and holding rooms will be provided in the refurbished building during phase two. The construction and fit out is expected to take twenty four months to complete."
The preferred main contactor selected is Kilcawley Building and Civil Engineering (Sligo) Ltd, trading as Kilcawley Construction. The preferred mechanical contractor is Laurence Mechanical Service and the preferred electrical contractor is H&F Electrical Contractors Ltd.
The OPW is, in parallel, progressing the total re-location of the Garda Water Unit to Garrycastle, where their equipment is currently stored. This project requires the complete fit out of the Garrycastle property.
The Minister also referred to the acquisition of a site for a new Garda Station in Sligo and said, "The OPW and the Chief State Solicitors Office are finalising the purchase of a suitable site for the new Sligo Garda Station. I expect that this process will be concluded in the next number of days."
Minister Moran concluded, "These Garda Stations are much awaited developments for Athlone and Sligo and Minister Flanagan and I are very happy to be associated with their progression."
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