Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Questions (40)

Willie Penrose


40. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if funding is available in 2019 for the refurbishment works on block 7 in Plunkett Barracks; the length of time the refurbishment works will take to complete; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22701/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

I have been advised that it is planned to upgrade and refurbish Plunkett Block 7 with work starting on site in 2019. Provision has been made in the 2019 Defence Estimates to fund that portion of the refurbishment works scheduled for 2019. The scope of the work will include the complete refurbishment of the building. It will be upgraded, room layouts altered, the ablution areas totally renewed and all sanitary fittings replaced, finishes to floors, walls and ceilings upgraded and the mechanical and electrical services replaced entirely.

A multi-discipline Design Team was appointed for the project and they have developed detailed proposals, with a view to tenders for the work being sought and the work commencing on site as soon as a Contractor is procured and appointed.

Stage 2 of the tender has commenced with the shortlisted contractors invited to submit their tender proposals. The closing date for receipt of tenders is 30 May 2019. Following this an assessment of tenders will be conducted before proceeding to a contract award. The expected duration of the construction work is approximately 9 months from commencement.