Thursday, 18 February 2021
Department of Education and Skills
Schools Building Projects
186. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a building project for a school (details supplied); when it will receive final sanction; if this project be able to progress under Covid-19 when final sanction is received; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9174/21]
The project at the school to which the Deputy refers is at an advanced stage of the tender process with a preferred bidder identified.
Some information is still awaited from the identified bidder, and upon receipt of same the tender process can be finalised. Subject to no issues arising, construction should commence in Quarter 1 of 2021 with a construction period of approximately 6 months.
I am pleased to inform the Deputy that funding has been secured for the school to which he refers and the project is being devolved for delivery to the School Authority.
The execution of a Service Level Agreement (SLA) between my Department and the School Authority is currently being arranged. Once the SLA is in place, the School Authority will procure a Design Team for the project to design the buildings, obtain the necessary statutory planning permissions, and progress the project to tender and construction in due course.