Thursday, 1 February 2018

Questions (114)

Bernard Durkan


114. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the state of development in each case with particular reference to commencing and or completion dates in respect of the school building programme at primary and second level in Maynooth, County Kildare and respect of upgrading of existing and or provision of new facilities at existing or green field sites, if particular issues arise that may affect the projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5192/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I wish to advise the Deputy that under the 6-Year Construction Programme, major capital projects will be delivered at the Maynooth Education Campus, Maynooth Educate Together National School (ETNS) and Maynooth Boys' National School.

Maynooth Education Campus : a building project to construct two post-primary schools catering for 1,000 pupils each, together with a stand-alone sports hall which will be shared by both schools went on site in May 2017.

The project has a 24 month construction duration and is scheduled to be completed in May 2019.

Maynooth ETNS:   a building project to construct an 8 classroom primary school with Special Needs Unit is currently at advanced architectural planning stage. It is anticipated that tenders for the project will be invited in Quarter 1, 2018.

Maynooth Boys' N.S.:   a building project to construct a 24 classroom school with Special Needs Unit, is currently at Stage 2B of the architectural planning process i.e.  - Detailed Design Stage, which includes applications for all statutory consents, including Planning Permission, Disability Access Certificate and Fire Safety Certificate and also the preparation of tender documentation. Planning Permission for this project was received in August 2017.

The Stage 2B report has recently been received and reviewed by my Department.  A number of issues were identified as needing clarification by the Design Team prior to approval of the Stage 2B submission.

Once a revised Stage 2B submission which addresses these issues has been received and reviewed, my Department will then revert to the school with regard to a timeframe for progression to tender stage.