Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Education and Skills
Schools Building Projects
Planning permission for the school building project referred to by the Deputy was granted by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council on the 13th June 2019 subject to 18 no. conditions. Two of these conditions relating to the provision of a public greenway were subsequently the subject of a first party appeal by my Department to An Bord Pleanála. The decision of An Bord Pleanála overturning these two conditions was received on 4 February 2020.
Pending the delivery of the permanent accommodation both the school and its Patron Body were advised that the Department will be providing appropriate temporary accommodation on the permanent school site for September 2020. This process is ongoing with the construction stage of the temporary accommodation commencing on 19 May 2020.
I can inform the Deputy that the project to which he refers, for which funding has been provided under my Department's Additional Accommodation Scheme, has been devolved to the School Authority of the first named school in question for delivery. I can also inform the Deputy that the project is in the final stages of the tender process in that respect.
I wish to advise the Deputy that it is intended that the school in question will relocate to an existing building currently occupied on an interim basis by another school while awaiting the construction of a building project for that school.
In this regard, the building project for that school is currently at an advanced stage of architectural planning Stage 2(b) Detailed Design. A revised Stage 2(b) report incorporating a previously approved Brief Change Request has been submitted and reviewed by my Department. Comments were subsequently issued to the Design Team who are currently carrying out a final review of all tender documents. As soon as this final review is complete, the Design Team will submit confirmations to my Department. The pre-qualification process to select a shortlist of contractors has been completed. Upon receipt of Design Team confirmations, my Department will be in contact with the school regarding the further progression of the project at that time.