New two-storey building plans for Garda station
PLANS for the development of a new two-storey building at the existing site of Tallaght Garda Station have been sent by the Office of Public Works (OPW) to South Dublin County Council.
Earlier this month, the OPW gave notice to the council of its intention to construct a new two-storey building for the use of An Garda Síochána at the site of the existing Tallaght Garda Station.
The proposed development will consist of the construction of a new 449 sq.m building on a 0.71 hectare site.
This new two-storey building will be for use by An Garda Síochána, according to the OPW.
Site development works will include a new emergency vehicular exit gate to the north west of the site onto Belgard Square East.
Other site development works include car-park reconfiguration to include two new additional universally accessible spaces, and to accommodate 11 spaces to the south of the site which are relocated due to proposed building footprint.
The proposal includes five bicycle stands to the south east of the site, and the removal of six existing trees and partial replacement of the existing boundary wall.
New security gates, signage, hard and soft landscaping, CCTV and lighting, new foul drainage, surface water drainage and all ancillary site services and works are included in the plans.
The plans were submitted as a notice of a proposed development by a State authority.
As previously reported in The Echo, calls have been made for Tallaght to either get a bigger or a second station, as the population and infrastructure in the area has grown considerably in the years since the station was built in 1987.
In 2019, it was reported that close to €300,000 had been spent renting overflow space for Tallaght Garda Station in the Plaza Hotel since 2017, where a number of garda departments, including community policing, juvenile liaison officers and the child protection unit are based.
Last summer, in an unrelated project, construction work was carried out in the grounds of Tallaght Garda Station for the development of a secure, purpose-built property and evidence store for the station.