Written Answers. - National Stadium.

Frances Fitzgerald


974 Ms Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation the cost to date of all the projected costs of the National Stadium; the progress to date of the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20431/00]

Earlier this year the Government appointed a development company, Campus and Stadium Ireland Development Limited, which has responsibility for taking the Sports Campus Ireland project through the design and construction stages.

Campus and Stadium Ireland Development Limited estimate the cost of the development of the total campus and stadium project to be in the region of £550 million. This covers the cost of an 80,000 seat stadium, where the cost remains at £281 million as outlined in the feasibility study 'A Stadium for the New Century', less a private contribution of £50 million; a series of general sports use facilities including an aquatic and leisure centre, an indoor arena, a multipurpose indoor and outdoor training halls and pitches, a sports science-sports medicine centre and headquarters for sports organisations including the community games and a visitor-information centre; some specific use facilities for individual sports to be decided on the advice of the Irish Sports Council; the cost of the infrastructure on the Abbotstown site; and the operating costs of CSID, where the cost of the executive services team, which came on board on 1 September to provide a range of services including concept development, business planning, communications and public relations, management and corporate governance, financial services and control and information technology, will be capped at 1.8% of the development cost.

CSID intends to undertake the development of the sports facilities on a design-build-finance-operate and maintain basis. This will in effect involve a series of public private partnerships with financial contributions from the private sector based on the returns they estimate for the facilities. CSID will also seek proposals for fully private sector funded facilities on the Abbotstown site. CSID intends to work closely with the local community organisations and take on board community projects in developing the site.
Of the total cost of £550 million, CSID estimates the return related and fully funded private sector elements to be in the region of £150 million taking account of the £50 million private sector donation. The remaining public sector cost is estimated by CSID to be in the region of £350 million.
The company is planning to have the aquatic and leisure centre at the Sports Campus Ireland site completed in time for the Special Olympics in 2003.
Following a publicly advertised competition and after an initial assessment by CSID and the Office of Public Works, five consortia from Ireland and abroad have been invited to make outline bids by 9 October. It is intended that the heads of agreement will have been reached with a developer for the aquatic and leisure centre by the end of this year.
CSID will, between now and the end of the year, and using the same procedures as for the aquatic and leisure centre, put out to tender the other facilities for Sports Campus Ireland.
In the past few days CSID has published advertisements outlining the terms of a competition to develop an architectural and environmental framework plan for the entire site. The site is 500 acres and the winning framework plan will suggest a logical and coherent approach to accommodating Sports Campus Ireland, a major parkland amenity to serve the community and general public, a major science-educational project, and complimentary commercial and leisure projects, with respect to the built and natural heritage that exists at Abbotstown.