Cork construction company PJ Hegarty has been announced as the preferred bidder for the development of the €30-plus new Cork Prison.
The project is expected to create between 750 and 1,000 jobs among sub-contractors as well as significant financial spin-offs for suppliers and local businesses.
The contract is due to be signed in the coming days and construction is expected to start early next month.
“The procurement phase for the development of a new prison in Cork has reached the final phase,” said a spokesman for the Prison Service.
“PJ Hegarty & Sons, Carroll’s Quay, Cork, has been identified as the preferred tenderer. The contract for the construction of the new prison will be signed later this month and work will commence on the construction in January 2014 and will be complete in late 2015.”
The 150-cell prison will be built on derelict lands, some six and a half acres in size, adjacent to the current prison.
Sean Carrigy, director at PJ Hegarty’s, said they were “absolutely delighted” with the award, which will continue to secure the employment of 200 people in the company and could result in additional employment.
He said most of their sub-contractors are local.
“It will be a huge boost for the industry in Cork. It might even be a challenge to get people next year as a number of projects are picking up.”
Mr Carrigy said around 200 people will be on site at the height of the construction and that, over the course of the project, somewhere between 750 and 1,000 people will work on it.
In addition, all the local suppliers — concrete, blocks, pipes, electrical, and equipment — will receive a “direct spin-off”, as will accommodation, shops, and cafes.
There is local opposition to the project, with some 200 residents having signed a petition against it.
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