As part of a major reorganisation of An Garda Síochána’s structures, the Garda Commissioner announced new Regional and Divisional Headquarters under a new Operating Model. This resulted in Macroom Garda station being changed from a District Station to a Regional and Divisional Headquarters in late 2019. The Brief of Requirements was issued by An Garda Síochána to the Office of Public Works in early 2020. The OPW has been progressing the project by providing expert services in relation to the design, which is expected to be complete by the end of Q3 2020. In conjunction with the design completion, the OPW has been arranging for Appropriate Assessment Screening and Environmental Impact Assessment Screening to be carried out on the design proposals. Site ground investigations and other required site surveys have been undertaken. Pending the conclusion of the required screening processes, it is expected that the planning process, under Part 9 of the Planning Regulations, will commence in Q4 2020.
OPW is working with the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA), An Garda Síochána and the Department of Justice and Equality in progressing this Public Private Partnership (PPP) project. As PPP projects can take between 18 to 30 months to go through their extensive administrative and procurement process, it is not possible, at this stage, to say when the construction contract will be awarded and the project completed. However, a project of this scale would be expected to take 24 months to complete.