Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Schools Building Projects Status

Photo of Martin HeydonMartin Heydon (Kildare South, Fine Gael)
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340. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status and progress of a school building project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6648/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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The project referred to by the Deputy has been devolved to the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) for delivery as part of a programme of school building projects.

The NDFA is currently undertaking the second phase of the process of appointment of multi-disciplinary technical advisors (design teams) for these projects. This process will involve a number of call-off competitions for bundles of projects from a framework.

Thereafter, the NDFA will ensure that the project progresses to design stage, obtains the necessary statutory planning permission, and moves the project onward to tender and construction in due course. As the project is at an early stage in the delivery process, it is not possible at this time to give a date for its completion.

Please be assured that the NDFA will be engaging directly with the school authority to keep it informed of progress.

Photo of Martin HeydonMartin Heydon (Kildare South, Fine Gael)
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341. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status and progress of a school building project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6649/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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The delivery of a new building for the school to which the Deputy refers has been devolved to Kildare and Wicklow Education & Training Board (KWETB). 

The Stage 1 (preliminary design) process has recently been completed and the project has commenced Stage 2A (detailed design).

Photo of Martin HeydonMartin Heydon (Kildare South, Fine Gael)
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342. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status and progress of a school building project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6650/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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The joint project for the schools referred to by the Deputy is at an advanced stage of the tender process. My Department is currently awaiting the return of the supplementary tender report.

Subject to no issues arising, it is envisaged that construction should commence following the finalisation of the tender process with a contract duration of approximately 22 months.

Photo of Martin HeydonMartin Heydon (Kildare South, Fine Gael)
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343. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status and progress of a school building project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6651/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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The major project for the construction of the new school building for the school referred to by the deputy is at an advanced stage of the tender process and my Department is currently awaiting the return of the supplementary tender report.

Subject to no issues arising, it is envisaged that construction should commence following the finalisation of the tender process with a contract duration of approximately 20 months.

The tender process for the provision of the second phase of the temporary accommodation on the existing school site has completed and the Letter of Acceptance has issued.

Photo of Martin HeydonMartin Heydon (Kildare South, Fine Gael)
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344. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status and progress of a school building project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6652/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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The project referred to by the Deputy has been devolved to the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) for delivery as part of a programme of school building projects.

The NDFA is currently undertaking the second phase of the process of appointment of multi-disciplinary technical advisors (design teams) for these projects. This process will involve a number of call-off competitions for bundles of projects from a framework.

Thereafter, the NDFA will ensure that the project progresses to design stage, obtains the necessary statutory planning permission, and moves the project onward to tender and construction in due course. As the project is at an early stage in the delivery process, it is not possible at this time to give a date for its completion.

Please be assured that the NDFA will be engaging directly with the school authority to keep it informed of progress.

Photo of Martin HeydonMartin Heydon (Kildare South, Fine Gael)
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345. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status and progress of a school building project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6653/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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I can confirm for the Deputy that my Department is currently undertaking a site identification exercise in order to appraise suitable sites for the school to which you refer. This exercise is being conducted in line with current restrictions in place due to the covid-19 pandemic, nevertheless, my officials are making progress on the exercise.  Due to obvious commercial sensitivities, I cannot elaborate any further at this juncture but please rest assured that the project is being given due consideration and attention.

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