The Office of Public Works has announced that engineering consultant tenders have been received for the €65 million State Forensics Laboratory in Celbridge.
They are currently being assessed.
It's understood that a planning application is due to be lodged before the end of the year.
Construction tender documents are to be issued with on-site work due to commence in the autumn of 2019.
Tenders were, initially, invited in 2017.
However, the project was re-tendered because of changes in international forensic laboratory standards and the merging of the Garda Technical Bureau with Forensic Science Ireland.