Fine Gael TD for Wicklow and Minister of State with Special Responsibility for OPW, Simon Harris has today (Thursday) announced that the former Garda Station in Wicklow is to undergo significant refurbishment to provide additional accommodation for An Garda Síochána in the town.
Speaking on this development today, Minister Harris said: “I am very pleased to announce that the OPW is to refurbish the old Garda Station in Wicklow, a building which is vacant and located behind the current station. This is a very important project as not only will it ease the space pressure which An Garda Síochána are facing in their present accommodation, but it is also a fantastic opportunity to revive a historic State-owned building in the community.
“The former Garda Station on Church Street is in an Architectural Conservation Area in the town and is listed in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage for County Wicklow. The works which will be undertaken will primarily deal with the maintenance and refurbishment of the existing fabric and the conservation of the significant architectural features of the 19th century Georgian style structure.
“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.
“The refurbishment of the building will include the installation of a lift and additional accessibility measures, modern services such as heating and lighting, fire protection measures; and re-roofing with natural slates.
“This project, which is on the priority list of An Garda Síochána, is expected to be completed by summer 2015.
“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,” concluded Minister Harris.