Plans on track for old Garda station

Plans to refurbish the former Wicklow town garda station are on track and should be completed by the summer of next year.

The Independent reports:

The refurbishment works will provide extra accommodation space for the Gardai.

The scheme includes the provision of a new internal lift to service and make accessible all floors of the building. The works are concerned essentially with the maintenance and refurbishment of the existing fabric and the conservation of the significant architectural features of this early 19th Century Georgian style structure.

Minister of State with special responsibility for the OPW, Simon Harris said the works are due to go out to tender shortly.

'We are very hopeful that this vital project for Wicklow will be completed by the end of summer 2015. The refurbishment work will ensure that accommodation pressure for An Garda Síochána will be eased. This project has an additional benefit as it affords an opportunity to revive a historic State-owned building in the community.

'The works which will be carried out on this landmark building will deliver a fully functioning modern Garda Station for the town, while also respecting the historic and architectural importance of such a building.

'I am very much looking forward to the commencement of works on this vital infrastructure in the community and seeing a historic building brought back to life. I also aim to keep Wicklow residents informed as works progress,'

The premises has been vacant since 1986 when the Gardai moved to new headquarters on Bachelors Walk.

The building last underwent any extensive renovations back in 1899 when it was converted from a doctor's residence into an R.I.C. Barracks.

By Myles Buchanan