Written Answers. - Refurbishment of Leinster House.

Máirín Quill

Question:

67 Miss Quill asked the Minister for Finance the estimated cost of the current programme of refurbishment of Leinster House; the estimated cost of, in particular, the painting and redecorating, the restoration of the stonework on the Kildare Street facade and the fire precautions taken; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16767/96]

Mary Harney

Question:

80 Miss Harney asked the Minister for Finance the estimated cost of the current programme of refurbishment of Leinster House; the estimated cost of, in particular, the painting and redecorating, the restoration of the stonework on the Kildare Street facade and the fire precautions taken; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16766/96]

Ivor Callely

Question:

142 Mr. Callely asked the Minister for Finance the total cost of the renovation works currently being carried out to Leinster House; the work, if any, which has been contracted out; if all such contracts were put to public tender; the estimated total cost of all such works to Leinster House in 1996: and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16664/96]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 67, 80 and 142 together. The Commissioners of Public Works have informed me that, as part of the ongoing programme of works in Leinster House, three separate contracts were placed this summer. These were as follows:

Contract Amount

£

Fire Protection Works

330,525

Stone Restoration

171,000

Refurbishment of Members' and Visitors' Bars

388,036

Painting and decoration works were also carried out by the Office of Public Works Building Maintenance Service at a cost of £50,800. The areas redecoratted included the entrance hall and the Dáil stairs both of which had last been painted in 1982. The total estimated cost of projects undertaken this year in Leinster House is therefore £940,361. Phase one of a major fire safety project was undertaken this summer. This included the fitting of over 200 fire doors and the creation of new escape routes from Leinster House and the 1932 annex. Next year work will involve upgrading the fire alarm system and new signage.
The final phase of the restoration of the stonework on the Kildare Street facade has been largely completed. Due to the shortening of the summer recess, work to the ground floor windows and door and tinting of the new stonework has been deferred until the Christmas recess. The refurbishment of the bars forms the final phase of a three year programme of upgrading restaurant and bar facilities for Members, staff and visitors. Selective tendering is considered the most appropriate method of procurement in security sensitive areas such as Leinster House. Accordingly, only specially selected contractors who have previously carried out work in security sensitive areas were invited to tender.