Wednesday, 10 July 2019
Department of Education and Skills
Schools Building Contractors
176. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 276 of 11 June 2019, if tenders have been invited from the shortlist of contractors; if so, the closing date for receipt of tenders; the number of contractors from which tenders have been sought; when construction will commence and expect to be completed on the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30097/19]
The major building project for the school 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.
The Design Team is currently nearing the completion of the process of compiling a shortlist of contractors for tender stage. In the circumstances, it would be inappropriate at this point in time for my Department to comment on the composition of the shortlist.
When the pre-qualification process is complete my Department will be in contact with the Board of Management of the school regarding the progression of the project to the next stage of architectural planning, Stage 3 - tender stage.
177. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 270 of 11 June 2019, the number of tenders received by the deadline of 9 July 2019 for the design team for the project; when construction will commence and a date expected to be completed on the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30098/19]
The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is included in my Department’s Construction Programme which is being delivered under the National Development Plan. The project will provide new build, extension and refurbishment which will bring the school accommodation up to 16 mainstream classrooms and a 2-classroom Special Educational Needs Base.
This project is one of the school building projects on my Department’s ADAPT 2 Programme. My Department is currently in the process of procuring a Project Manager for the ADAPT 2 Programme, which contains 16 school building projects.
The process to appoint a Design Team – (Architect, Quantity Surveyor, Civil & Structural Engineer, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer and Project Supervisor for the Design Process) for the school in question is ongoing. The closing date for submissions in respect of design team consultants was Tuesday, 9th July on the eTenders website. As the appointment process remains ongoing it would not be appropriate to comment on the make-up of the respective tender lists.
The ADAPT 2 Programme aims for projects to be ready for construction in 36 months from appointment of Design Team. The construction period for this project is approximately 12 months.