Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Department of Education and Skills
Schools Building Projects Status
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 statutory approvals and the preparation of tender documents. All statutory approvals have been secured.
The Design Team has confirmed that it is working on finalising the Stage 2(b) Report ensuring the new school building will be a "Near Zero Energy Building" (NZEB) in compliance with the 2017 amendment to Part L of the current Building Regulations.
The Design Team Leader currently envisages that the Stage 2(b) Report will be with the Department for review shortly.
Upon completion, receipt and review of the Stage 2(b) submission, the Department will revert to the school regarding the further progression of this major building project.
A major school building project to provide new accommodation for the school referred to by the Deputy has recently been authorized by my Department to proceed to tender for the appointment of a Main Contractor and Reserved Specialists.
The closing date for the completed tender returns for the Main Contractor was originally the end of December, this has now been extended to early January. Assuming no significant issues arise during the tender process, my Department expects that the project will progress to site towards the end of the second quarter of 2020 with a contract duration of approximately 20 months.