Tenders for Police college over budget

Published Thursday, 07 March 2013
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Work on Northern Ireland's new policing training college could face further delays after it was revealed that all five bids from potential contractors are substantially over budget.

Tenders for Police college over budget
The police college could face further delays because of the development. (© Pacemaker)

The college, due to open in 2015 in Desertcreat, Co Tyrone, is planned to be a world leader in training services for the police, prison and fire and rescue services.

The initial plans for a state-of-the-art police school on the 210-acre site were first announced in February 2004, with the development due to be ready in 2009 at an estimated cost of £80 million.

The Assembly Committee for Justice was briefed on bids lodged from competing firms, but did not divulge detailed financial information due to commercial sensitivities.

The entire project has reportedly been estimated at £140m.

"Detailed investigations have been carried out on behalf of the Desertcreat Programme Board to identify what led to the significant difference between the anticipated costs and tenders received," a DOJ statement said.

"Specific remedial actions have been identified and agreed with the Design Team consultants."

A DOJ spokesperson said that work is underway to identify options to reduce costs, without compromising the functionality of the college.

Work is due to start on the College later this year, which will create up to 2000 construction jobs.

But the project may be further delayed due to the setback.

The DOJ said they would appoint a preferred bidder when they are updated of the changes.

© UTV News
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me at my computer in Northern Ireland wrote (543 days ago):
This is yet another shambles for public procurement in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland construction industry is on its knees and grinding to a complete standstill because of the incompetence of the project managers and their advisers. Until someone is held accountable for these continual failings it is hard to see how we will ever recover. There is no end to the government departments and quangos who have established themselves as "Centres of Procurement Expertise" and yet you only have to look at the number of stalled projects or legal challenges to see that public procurement in Northern Ireland is nothing only a farce.
Erc in Hackballscrpss wrote (543 days ago):
Its not meeded and we cant afford it. Put the money into health
Dave in not surprised wrote (543 days ago):
£60 million over previously estimated cost. At a time when money could be spent on other things. No police recruitment why do we need a new training college??. Other parties coming in on this probably have adequate training venues already.. Waste of money.
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