Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (239)

John Paul Phelan

Question:

239. Deputy John Paul Phelan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the proposed extension to a school (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20970/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The building project for an extension to the school referred to by the Deputy is included in the Five Year Construction Programme to proceed to Tender and Construction in 2014/15. The design team on the project had reached completion of Stage 1 of Architectural Planning. As part of that work it has now been agreed by my Department that extensive refurbishment works to the existing school will also be required.

My Department has recently approved a significantly increased scope of works for the project to incorporate those refurbishment works. Arising from this expansion in the scope of works it has become necessary to commence a tender exercise for the appointment of a new design team to take the project forward from this point.

A fully revised brief for that tender competition is currently being finalised and the process of Design Team appointment will commence shortly.