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Monday 16 September 2019

Coast guard station delayed until 2020

Simon Bourke

Construction on the new coast guard station in Greystones has been pushed back to 2020 after a re-design of the project delayed the tendering process.

In October of last year, Minister Simon Harris confirmed that planning permission had been secured and that building would begin on the new station in 2019.

However, the OPW (Office of Public Works) stated this week that it had yet to appoint a contractor for the site and that the latest re-design for the project had yet to be finalised.

A statement from the OPW read: 'The OPW engaged Specialist Civil & Structural Consultants to assist with the latest re-design of the station. Thermal modelling has also been undertaken on the new design. Once the re-design has been finalised, it will to be presented to Wicklow County Council, however we don't anticipated any issues as the proposed building is similar to the previous design.

'Tender documents are being prepared for the works and it is planned that these will issue in Q4 2019 - it had been hoped that tenders would issue earlier in 2019, but this was not possible.'

Described by Minister Harris as being 'not fit for purpose', the existing station does not have toilets, changing facilities or showers. The planned new building will include boat access to the water right at the slip and is also set to incorporate an extend Greystones Garda Station.

'We have an amazing coast guard team but their current facilities are really not fit for purpose,' said Minister Harris. 'I am delighted to have secured funding to deliver a brand new state of the art facility at the harbour. The new station will provide the coast guard with the modern facilities they need and deserve and it will also have the added benefit of allowing us to extend the Greystones Garda Station on to the existing coast guard site.

'I contacted the OPW this week to get an update on the coast guard project and they have informed me that Arup has been engaged to cover the latest re-design of the Station. Thermal modelling was also undertaken on the new design. Tender documents for the project will then issue before the end of the year - meaning construction will finally take place in 2020.

'I will meet the local coast guard team in the next few weeks to update them further and I will keep the community updated here. These two interconnected projects are priority developments for our town and I will continue to work as hard as I can to ensure they are completed as quickly as possible,' he concluded.

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