Minister Fitzgerald welcomes Public Private Partnership for development of seven new or upgraded Courthouses
· New courthouses for Drogheda, Letterkenny, Limerick and Wexford
· Major refurbishment and extensions to courthouses in Cork, Mullingar and
· Construction expected to begin later this year
Monday 15 June 2015
Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Justice and Equality, has today
welcomed the announcement by the National Development Finance Agency that
BAM PPP PGGM has been selected as the preferred tenderer for major work to
be completed on courthouses in seven different locations.
The project includes four new courthouses to be built in Drogheda,
Letterkenny, Limerick and Wexford as well as substantial refurbishment and
extension works to existing courthouses in Cork, Mullingar and Waterford.
Under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, the courthouses will be
designed, built, financed and maintained for twenty five years by BAM PPP
Minister Frances Fitzgerald said “I am delighted that we have reached the
stage of identifying a Preferred Tenderer to undertake this important work
which will provide modern and comfortable facilities for all users of the
Courts. This is an ambitious programme with new courthouses for Drogheda,
Letterkenny, Limerick, and Wexford, and substantial upgrades of existing
courthouses in Cork, Mullingar and Waterford which will ensure that
facilities will comply with modern standards for court accommodation and
that the needs of all users of our courts will be met”.
The Minister acknowledged the cooperation of all those involved in bringing
the project to this stage, in particular, the Courts Service, the Office of
the Public Works as well as the staff of National Development Finance
Agency who are responsible for the procurement and delivery of the Courts
Bundle PPP Project.
It is anticipated that a contract for the Courts Bundle PPP Project will be
concluded in November 2015 with construction starting shortly after that
with a view to completing the new and refurbished buildings within 18 to 24
months (November 2017).
Notes to Editor:
In July 2012, the Government announced an investment stimulus package with
a new programme of Public Private Partnership projects designed to
stimulate economic growth and create employment. The Courts proposal
includes seven courthouse projects, with new courthouse buildings being
developed in Drogheda, Letterkenny, Limerick and Wexford and substantial
refurbishment and extension works to existing courthouses to be carried out
in Cork, Mullingar and Waterford. Details are set out in the table below.
The Department of Justice and Equality is the sanctioning authority for the
Courts Bundle PPP Project while the Courts Service is the project sponsor.
The National Development Finance Agency acts as financial adviser and
procurement authority for PPP projects.
COURTS PPP BUNDLE:
Drogheda, Co. Louth |A new courthouse consisting of two courtrooms and
|associated facilities to be constructed on a
|landmark town centre site adjacent to the river
Letterkenny, Co. |A new courthouse to accommodate four courtrooms
Donegal |and associated facilities to be constructed on a
|town centre site close to the existing courthouse.
Limerick City |A new criminal courthouse to be built on a site
|adjacent to Limerick Prison, to include six
|courtrooms, custody facilities, court offices and
Wexford Town |The refurbishment and extension of an existing
|landmark building to provide a new courthouse for
|Wexford Town consisting of four courtrooms,
|custody facilities, court offices and associated
Cork City |The refurbishment and extension of the existing
|landmark courthouse building at Anglesea Street to
|accommodate six courtrooms, improved custody
|facilities, court offices, the regional office and
Mullingar, Co. |The refurbishment and extension of the existing
Westmeath |historic courthouse in Mullingar to accommodate
|three courtrooms, improved custody facilities,
|court offices and associated facilities.
Waterford City |The refurbishment and extension of the existing
|historic courthouse in Waterford to accommodate
|six courtrooms, improved custody facilities, court
|offices and associated facilities.