Wednesday, 1 February 2017
Department of Education and Skills
Schools Building Projects
187. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of the concerns raised by the design team that have caused the delay in the building of phase 2 of a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4775/17]
189. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if all the concerns raised by the design team in relation to a school (details supplied) have been addressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4777/17]
190. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the concerns raised and the error made by the design team in relation to a school (details supplied) have been fully rectified and will not reoccur; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4778/17]
191. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the timeframe for the building of phase 2 of a school (details supplied) including dates for all relevant actions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4779/17]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 186 to 191, inclusive.
The second phase of the building project referred to by the Deputy was authorised to proceed to tender in October 2016.
The Design Team for the project consists of:
- Kennedy Fitzgerald - Architects,
- Kane Crowe Kavanagh - Quantity Surveyors,
- Arup Consulting Engineers - Civil/Structural Engineers,
- BDP - Building Services Engineers and
- Atkins - Project Supervisors Design Process (PSDP).
An initial pre-qualification of contractors had been conducted for this project in April 2015. Following authorisation in October last to proceed to tender, the Design Team sought advice from the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) to mitigate against any potentially legal challenges in relation to this pre-qualification which might further delay the project. The advice given to the Design Team by the OGP was that it would be prudent to run the pre-qualification process again. My Department concurred with this advice and authorised the Design Team to run a new pre-qualification exercise.
The Design Team has recently conducted this pre-qualification exercise of suitable contractors and is currently finalising a shortlist of ten contractors who will be requested to tender for the project. Once the shortlist has been finalised, tenders will issue to those contractors for the construction of the new permanent school extension.
Subject to no issues arising it is anticipated that construction will commence in the summer of 2017 and the project will take approximately 18 months to complete.
In relation to the question of a meeting with members of the school’s Parents’ Association, I do not think that would serve any practical purpose at this time. My Department will keep Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board fully informed of all developments and it is a matter for the ETB, in the first instance, to ensure that the school community is kept fully informed.