MINISTER FRANCES FITZGERALD TURNS SOD ON NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DETENTION FACILITY
14th October 2013
‘New facility will provide a valuable piece of social infrastructure for many years to come’ Theo Cullinane, BAM Contractors
The Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD, today turned the sod on the National Children’s Detention Facility in Lusk, Co. Dublin, which will provide secure accommodation for children detained by the courts.
BAM Contractors was awarded the contract for the construction of the €56 million National Children’s Detention Facility which will create 350 construction jobs at its peak. The project will provide new accommodation, educational and recreational facilities and is due to be completed by 2015. The new facility will provide 60 new secure spaces for children, bringing the total number of secure places on site to 90.
The 13,650m2 facility will include ancillary visiting, administration, staff, catering, medical, maintenance and waste handling facilities. The existing Oberstown Boys and Oberstown Girls units will be demolished, with Trinity House, Cuan Beag, Recreation Building and Step Town House retained.
Speaking about the commencement of the project, Theo Cullinane, Chief Executive, BAM said: “BAM is delighted to commence construction on the National Children’s Detention Facility. This new facility will provide a valuable piece of social infrastructure for many years to come. We are proud to be involved in another significant state project and we have an expert team in place to ensure that we deliver a state-of-the-art facility.”
The National Children’s Detention Facility will be located on an overall site comprising 24.5 hectares. BAM Contractors (formerly known as Ascon) is Ireland’s largest public works construction company, employing more than 2,000 people directly and indirectly. Its principal activities are building contracting and civil engineering in the public, private and PPP sectors.