Tuesday, 27 July 2021
Department of Education and Skills
Schools Building Projects
982. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the design team has been appointed for the new national school campus for Tuam, County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40072/21]
The Deputy will be aware that a building project for the school in question is included in my Department's school building programme.
The brief for the proposed project is in the process of being finalised by my Department which when completed will then facilitate the commencement of the architectural planning process, which will include the appointment of a design team, to deliver the project.
The campus project referred to by the deputy comprises the delivery of two new schools for the area in question. This project has been devolved to Galway and Roscommon Education & Training Board (GRETB).
I am pleased to confirm that GRETB has appointed a design team for this project. The Design Team will now take the project through the various stages of architectural planning and onwards through the statutory planning requirements and construction.
The timeframe for the construction of the project will not be known until the design stages have been completed and planning permission has been secured. It is not possible at this time to give a date for its completion.
Please be assured that GRETB will be engaging directly with each of the school authorities to keep them informed of progress.