Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Education and Skills
Schools Building Projects Status
209. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has received the pre-qualification report in relation to the building of a school (details supplied); if so, if it has been approved; when tenders will be invited for the project from the shortlist of contractors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9483/19]
The major building project referred to by the Deputy is currently at Stage 2b – Detailed Design.
The pre-qualification process to select a shortlist of suitable contractors has been completed and the Design Team is currently completing work to ensure the new school building is NZEB compliant.
Once this work is complete the Department will be in contact with the Board of Management with a view to progressing the project to tender stage.
A tender stage normally takes between 7 and 8 months to complete.
The major building project referred to by the Deputy is at an advanced stage of architectural planning, Stage 2(b) – Detailed Design which includes the application for Planning Permission, Fire Cert and Disability Access Cert and the preparation of tender documents. All statutory approvals have been secured.
As previously advised, one of the unsuccessful parties has challenged the outcome of the pre-qualification process.
Following consideration of legal advice the school has, in consultation with the Department, taken the decision to cancel the pre-qualification process and a new invitation to pre-qualify will issue in the coming weeks on the e-tenders platform.