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Desertcreat Police training college plan put on hold

Plans to build a new training college for police and other emergency services at Desertcreat in Co Tyrone have been put on hold

The move comes after it was revealed that the team overseeing the project had decided that the preffered bidder - FGP consortium - would be unable to build the college within the budget set by the Assembly.

FGP consortium is made up of Spanish company FCC and local firm Gilbert Ash.

First announced in 2004, the troubled project was originally predicted to be finished by 2008 for around £80m. But costs have spiralled to £157m and the most recent timetable hold-ups were caused by tender bids to build the college coming in well over budget.

Following an EU-wide procurement process, the FGP consortium was chosen in December as the preferred bidder for the college.

Construction was expected to take up to 27 months.

The Northern Ireland Community Safety College project was created to provide training facilities for the PSNI, the Fire and Rescue Service, and Prison Service staff to train together on one purpose-built 250-acre site.

The programme board is expected to spend six to eight weeks re-evaluating the project and may re-tender the construction contract to five companies originally shortlisted in the bidding process.

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