I propose to take Questions Nos. 175 to 180, inclusive, together.
The new Kevin St. Garda Station was procured in two phases. The first phase involved the demolition of existing buildings, deep excavation and piling. In addition to detailed geotechnical site investigations, adjoining building surveys were completed and an extensive programme of archaeological investigations was also carried out as part of that project.
The second phase, which involved the construction of the new station, was tendered on 1 August 2014. A pre-tender cost exercise was carried out in 2014 and it was fully designed prior to tenders issuing. The contract was subsequently awarded on 30 January 2015 in the sum of €27,480,604.70 excluding VAT. The project budget was fully established at that stage.
It is not possible, at this stage, to disclose the final cost of the project as agreement could not be reached with the contractor and the matter has now been referred to conciliation.
During the 2012-2014 period, the project was being procured as part of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract. A cost plan exercise was carried out during this period in 2010, however the project did not proceed as a PPP contract. The project was on hold prior to the PPP procurement process.