Written answers

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Department of Education and Skills

School Facilities

Photo of Thomas GouldThomas Gould (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein)
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72. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if her attention has been drawn to her Department requesting funding from a school (details supplied) to ensure an adequate hall space for its new school building; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46153/22]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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As the Deputy will be aware, a major building project for the school in question is included in my Department's school building programme.

This major building project will be delivered under the Department's ADAPT (Accelerated Delivery of Architectural Planning and Tender) Programme, which uses the services of a professional external Project Manager to co-ordinate and drive the Design Team to achieve the best possible timeframe to progress this project through the stages of Architectural Planning.

The tender process to appoint a Project Manager has been completed. The Project Manager is currently arranging site visits and the procurement of site surveys for all projects on this ADAPT Programme, including the site for the school concerned. The tender competition for the appointment of design teams for the first tranche of school building projects on the ADAPT Programme will shortly be commenced by the Project Manager.

The project consists of the construction of a new permanent school building with accommodation for pupils with special educational needs. The ancillary accommodation being provided with the project includes a General Purpose (GP) Room. The size of this facility is the standard size that my Department provides for a school of this size. The school sought a larger GP Room and my Department explained that the GP Room being provided is the standard size provided. My Department also indicated to the school that it is open to the school community to consider funding a larger facility directly should it wish to do so and if so, that it could discuss this with the Design Team.

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