Garda District Headquarters, Athlone, Westmeath.

Project Name

Garda District Headquarters, Athlone, Westmeath.


Office Of Public Works


Barrack Street, Athlone, Co. Westmeath






The full scope of works consisted of the demolition of an existing single storey storage building, boundary walls, and existing cell block at the rear of the Garda Station. A new 3 storey link structure was constructed in the existing laneway between the existing Garda Station and Government Buildings. Construction works also included a new single storey custody suite to the rear of the Garda Station and the additions to the second floor of the existing Government Buildings. Modifications and extensive refurbishment works were carried out to the existing buildings including alterations to internal layouts, existing elevations and existing window and door openings and all ancillary and associated site works. Works were completed over three separate phases.


Key Packages

  • Extensive Demolition works completed including supports to existing structures on the main street, managed within a confined area. Groundworks completed including new drainage comprising Attenuation Tank & Petrol Interceptor to tie in with existing drainage and installation of ESB & LV ducting.
  • Internal Fit out packages, including Stud Partitions, lining to existing walls, grid Ceilings, MF ceilings, plastering, joinery supply and install, floor finishes, painting and fitted furniture.
  • External Finishes completed to high standard including Limestone cladding, Stone Render plaster finishes, zinc cladding, extensive conservation repair works to existing structures. External works including completion of including tarmac surfacing, paving and kerbing.
  • Ironmongery & Access Control installation – Extensive coordination between Joinery supplier, Electrical contractor, Cell Door Supplier, Acoustic Door Supplier, Ironmongery supplier, and OPW to fulfil all the security requirements.
  • Mechanical & Electrical Specialists. Extensive Coordination of services to be installed. Full Electrical Services installation including Power, Fire Alarm, Lighting and Security. Full Mechanical Services installation including Heating pipework, mains water supply, cold water services, hot water services, HVAC and Air Conditioning.


Key Deliverables

  • New Build and Extension completed on a Brownfield site within a live environment, over three phases to accommodate Client/end user requirements.
  • Project Works completed within a restricted City/Town Centre Environment in which existing operations and traffic flow within the area was maintained during the works and in which noise and disruption to neighbouring premises were addressed and managed.
  • Traffic Management – All deliveries were delivered out of hours where possible for Phase 1 works and on occasion implementation of a stop go system if required, but a lot of the control of traffic was discussed/ concluded within weekly / daily meetings with the Sergeant in Charge to discuss up coming works / deliveries and where it would arise as an issue, night time work would be carried out on occasion.
  • Garda Station remained operational during the course of the works, where continuous review and coordination between parties to ensure no disruption to normal Garda operations/public operations.
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