LETTER TO CLERK TO THE COMMITTEE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES
I refer to your letter of 19 September, 1984 about Howth Harbour Development Scheme and reply as follows to the queries at (i) to (iv):
(b) Additional works (i.e. works not included in original contract):
-major structural alterations to part of the West Pier arising from the discovery during excavation work that the existing West Pier wall was in a very dangerous structural condition (i.e. founded on bed of soft material)
-boatyard/transfer pit to connect syncrolift unit to boatyard repair bays
-West Pier sewerage scheme
-construction of sub-station for Electricity Supply Board
-purchase of tenant’s leasehold interest and demolition of premises on West Pier to facilitate the laying of a rail to link syncrolift unit to boatyard
-construction of lighthouse/generator room (at request of Commissioners of Irish Lights)
-provision of roundheads
-construction of part of Trawler Pier Breakwater quay
-surfacing West Pier, boatyard and link road
(c) Sundry smaller additional works, for example
-realignment of reclaimed area west of West Pier
-fencing of part of reclaimed area
-storm water overflow
-undergrounding of power lines
-capital contribution to ESB
(ii) Works advanced from Phase Two and any works additional to Phases 1 and 2
The works referred to at (i)(a) above were originally envisaged in the main to be the first phase of the scheme. As the scheme progressed, however, the additional works listed at (i)(b) and (i)(c) were provided for to complete the scheme satisfactorily in the overall fisheries interest and to meet certain traditional community requirements in Howth. The scheme was on-going from 1979 and the execution of the various works involved was done broadly as cirucmstances dictated.
(iii) Detailed costings of Phases One and Two
Information about costings is being compiled by the Office of Public Works and will be furnished in a few days.
(iv) Details of price variation clause
A copy of the standard Government Contracts Committee price variation clause in operation at the time of placing the contract (1978) is enclosed. The clause covers variations in the costs of labour and materials after the designated date which is 13 October, 1978 in the case of the Howth Harbour Development Scheme, that being ten days prior to latest date for receipt of tenders.
Under the clause an additional £2.25m is payable to the civil works contractor.
25 September, 1984.
*** This was included in the original tender as a provisional item subject to decision at a later date.