I submitted a question at Area Committee last Tuesday asking for an update on the issues I raised in September and a date for our site visit. The response was as follows:
"Having consulted with colleagues in SDCC it is confirmed that no site visits are permissible on the construction site at present. This is a decision made in the context of Health and Safety on a large active construction site. There is no change to previously shared timelines and information shared at the last ACM remains current. The Chief Architect and his senior team are regularly on site and meet contractors to supervise project progress."
I am not happy with the lack of a site visit as there are ways and means to ensure it is done safely. It was also pointed out to me by a resident yesterday that there appear to be more workers on site at present. Other than that, all the information in the video and text below still applies:
Report from September
- Now Spring 2023, but only if we are lucky with sub-contractors -
- Site visit by Councillors to be looked at -
Dear all, I promised a few weeks back that I would provide more detail on the farcical delays with the refurbished leisure centre and pool project, At yesterday's Area Committee meeting, in reply to my motion and question, we got the most detailed breakdown yet of the outstanding works. The Council don't always answer queries fully, but they did provide some useful information all the same and also said they would look at my request for a site inspection by Councillors. As you will see below, the remaining works are largely in the hands of sub-contractors, but they are sizeable enough. Council management says that Q1 of next year is possible but only if the contractors can be sorted out satisfactorily. Many of you will be as cynical as I am about any projections given. At this stage even Council management are frustrated and embarrassed about the whole mess, but this doesn't make things go any faster. I again asked for an update on the management of the new complex and spaces being provided for former sports users, Esker Boxing Club and the Naíonra. This response is provided further down. I also once more pointed out the issues caused by the car park being closed while construction is ongoing. While Council staff were quick to respond that this would not be a panacea for previously existing issues around school times, especially as the car park would be for centre users, having it open would certainly help. This is now going to drag on as a related issue. There's a lot of reading below I know, but it's important that people are aware of all the issues involved. As ever I will continue to keep this matter high on the agenda. Best wishes, Paul ----- MEETING OF LUCAN / PALMERSTOWN / NORTH CLONDALKIN AREA COMMITTEE Tuesday, September 27, 2022 MOTION NO. 17 MOTION: Councillor P. Gogarty 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐟 𝐄𝐱𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐬 𝐚 𝐟𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐮𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐮𝐜𝐡-𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐮𝐫𝐛𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐞𝐢𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐬𝐰𝐢𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝐢𝐧 𝐋𝐮𝐜𝐚𝐧, 𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐐𝟏 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐭; 𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬, 𝐢𝐟 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐬; 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐚 𝐭𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐲 𝐎𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐚 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐲 𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬. REPORT: Lucan Swimming Pool This €13m+ project to deliver a new swimming pool in Lucan has been under construction since May 2019 but has been beset initially by Covid-related construction restrictions and further associated delays as well as subsequent challenges impacting the construction industry generally. Despite repeated assurances and commitments from the contractor, it is evident that the timeline for completion of the construction programme for Lucan Swimming Pool is significantly even behind the most recently revised completion date advised by the contractor, which was by the end of December 2022. The Council has had ongoing engagement and discussion with the contractor and the employer’s representative to achieve the earliest possible completion date as well as increasingly frequent site inspections to monitor progress and interrogate the resources and supply chain arrangements being applied to this contract by the contractor. In particular, there have been ongoing challenges with engagement of sub-contractors for works that are critical to the programme. As there are still significant works outstanding (see below) a completion date in Spring 2023 is the likely outcome if there is enhanced focus by the contractor together with their various sub-contractors and supply chain partners on optimising and effectively co-ordinating the remaining works. The majority of the outstanding items on the programme are to be carried out by sub-contractors and the contractor focus now is to try and get as many subcontractors working on-site as possible. Key remaining elements of the works programme include: Reglit glazing Standing seam roof Roof Lights Various mechanical and electrical services (which are critical to facilitating internally finishes, ceiling installation, painting etc.) Pool tank testing Pool hall ceiling finishes and tiling Snagging/commissioning Any potential site visits will need to be cleared by Architects and the SEO will investigate the potential for this in the coming weeks. ---- MEETING OF LUCAN / PALMERSTOWN / NORTH CLONDALKIN AREA COMMITTEE Tuesday, September 27, 2022 QUESTION NO. 11 QUESTION: Councillor P. Gogarty 𝐓𝐨 𝐚𝐬𝐤 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐟 𝐄𝐱𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐧 𝐮𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐮𝐫𝐛𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐋𝐮𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐋𝐞𝐢𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝, 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐬 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐫 𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐬 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐦𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚, 𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐢𝐟 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐥 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐟𝐟 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐬 𝐮𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. REPLY: The process for the engagement of an operator to manage, operate and maintain the Lucan Leisure Campus, comprising the swimming pool and the existing leisure centre is at the final stage of a procurement process and it is expected that the successful candidate will be announced in October. It is envisaged that the successful operator will then be in a position to begin the required operational planning process. This will involve beginning an assessment process in relation to previous and future use plans. This will include a relevant partner engagement process.