Ministers and Garda Commissioner welcome progress on construction of new Garda Divisional Headquarters at Mulgannon Road, Wexford

Issued 3 July 2015

The proposed new Garda Divisional Headquarters at Mulgannon Road will have a positive and beneficial impact on Wexford in a variety of different ways.

The most important aspects include:

•The provision of vital Garda infrastructure for town and regional policing as well as a major public building providing a civic presence benefitting the community and will enable An Garda Síochána to deliver an effective and modern policing service

• The provision of a quality contemporary building and landscaping works which will transform a derelict site in a key area of Wexford town.

• The provision of a building which will provide modern 21st century facilities for Gardaí and members of the public, particularly victims of crime.

Speaking at the contract signing today (3rd July 2015), Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD said; 

"This new Divisional Headquarters for Wexford, is one of three major Garda construction projects being undertaken as part of the Government Infrastructure Stimulus Package, the others being Kevin Street in Dublin, and Galway.  The contemporary building design of this new Divisional Headquarters in Mulgannon Road will transform a derelict site in a key area of Wexford town.   I also welcome that this project will generate nearly 250 jobs during its construction. It will provide world class facilities to An Garda Síochána after many years of labouring in unsuitable and overcrowded conditions.

Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD said:

"The signing of this contract marks another important step forward for this project. It is a further demonstration of the commitment of this government and I to increased investment in An Garda Síochána and to ensure that our police service have access to modern facilities." 

The Minister for Justice and Equality continued:

"I wish to thank Minister Brendan Howlin for his on-going support for increased investment in An Garda Síochána and Garda Station development."

Speaking this afternoon in Wexford, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said:

“This is a very welcome development for Gardaí based in the south-east of the country. It is vital that as a 21st Century police service, Wexford Gardaí have facilities that meet the requirements of the communities we serve.” 

She continued:

“Victims of crime deserve to be engaged within a modern welcoming environment, and I look forward to the new station in Wexford providing that very function. In addition Wexford Gardaí will have facilities that will enable them to continue to provide the highest level of service and protection to the communities in the Wexford area, and this investment also highlights the progressive nature of policing in modern Ireland.”

The new Garda Headquarters in Wexford, which has been designed by the Office of Public Works Architectural Services Division, is one of three major Garda construction projects being undertaken as part of the Government Infrastructure Stimulus Package.

This Stimulus Package will also provide for the construction of a new Regional/Divisional Headquarters for Galway and a Divisional Headquarters for south Dublin city centre to be located at Kevin Street.  Kevin Street Garda Station commenced earlier this year on site and the construction contract for Galway Regional/Divisional Headquarters should be signed shortly.

Note for Editors: 

Photographs from this afternoon’s event will be available

New Building

The new Garda headquarters in Wexford will consist of a complex of buildings with a combined area of 4,000 sq.m. on a 2.8 hectare site. The development consists of a 3-5 storey building housing 21stCentury facilities to meet the requirements of both Gardaí and members of the public including a public reception and office, conference, training and event management facilities. Accommodation for victim support is also provided. Prisoner processing and custody areas with ancillary support elements are contained within a single storey block to the rear. These different building blocks interconnect to form a secure courtyard at the centre of the scheme. The new facility will also include a large HGV garage to support Garda operations at Rosslare Harbour as well as state-of-the-art evidence storage.

The scheme was designed by the Office of Public Works to incorporate sustainable design principles. The building is designed to achieve an A energy rating, has green roofs and solar panels for water heating. It will be constructed in brick to acknowledge its civic status, have low maintenance and complement its landscape setting. The building will be fully accessible for use by the disabled.

The entrance is located on the Mulgannon Road. The building complex is set within a parkland type setting with extensive hard and soft landscaping, lighting and vehicular and pedestrian entrances connected to the public road. Site development works will include internal roadways and 124 parking spaces (including disabled) for cars. The site will also accommodate parking for HGVs and bicycles.

Construction is due to start this summer and will take 24 months to complete.

Site History

The site formerly was part of the W.B Nunn site which housed a Grain store and formed part of the overall complex of the Mill. There are none of the grain stores remaining, two of which were demolished in recent years. A dangerous structures notice was placed on them by Wexford Borough Council and they were subsequently demolished. The remainder of the site was cleared of the remains of buildings and general site debris in recent years.