444. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the figure on which the contracts were awarded on the Cork and Limerick development projects; the amount paid to date to the consultants' firms; and the estimated final payments for both contracts. [1298/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Director General of the Irish Prison Service has advised me in relation to this matter and has supplied me with the following information in relation to the consultants’ contracts awarded for the Cork and Limerick development projects.

Company Project Contract Value Total Amount Paid Projected Final Cost
Cyril Sweett Ltd New Development at Cork Prison €417,000 excl VAT €584,197 incl VAT €579,630 excl VAT
Rogerson Reddan &Associates Redevelopment at Limerick Prison €294,880 excl VAT €401,249 incl VAT Unknown

The Director General of the Irish Prison Service further advises me that there has been a change in the scope from the original works envisaged when the Consultants tender issued in 2012.
These additional works include, inter alia, a requirement to realign the boundary of the IPS prison extension site to accommodate the then emerging design for the new Limerick Regional Courts Complex which is to be built on an immediately adjacent site to Limerick prison; the decision to construct a new stand alone secure female prison facility for the Munster region on the site which resulted in a requirement to relocate the car park and trades workshops and stores in order to facilitate the development of the new female prisoner accommodation unit. The revised scope also includes a plan to incorporate an enhanced outdoor recreation area and yards, including a new Astro turf facility for 5- a-side football, a green area for horticultural activities, and a facility for handball.
The extent of these works were not envisaged at the time of the original consultants tender in 2012. However, provision is made in the Consultancy Tender to facilitate a change in the scheme through the brief development stage. As part of the tender process, tenderers were required to provide specific rates in relation to the project which were applied to changes in scope.
The estimated final payments for the Limerick development projects cannot be accurately estimated at this time as final approval for the project has not yet been granted. Work is continuing on finalising the design for the redevelopment of Limerick prison.