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Schools Building Projects Status

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 29 March 2018

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Questions (41)

Kathleen Funchion


41. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a school (details supplied) will be signed off; and when it will open in view of the collapse of the main contractor. [14459/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The school referred to by the Deputy forms part of Schools Bundle 5, the PPP project which has been impacted by the liquidation of Carillion. 

The Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF), representing the PPP Company responsible for delivery of Schools Bundle 5, is currently implementing a rectification plan to secure service commencement on the five school buildings and one further education college as soon as possible. 

DIF has indicated that a number of contractors/service providers have now been invited to quote for finishing the works outstanding on the relevant buildings and for the provision of facilities management services over the 25-year life of the project. It expects to receive final bids from tenderers, with whom it has already had extensive engagement, by early April. 

Based on this, and the expected timeframe for the evaluation of tenders, and appointment and mobilisation of the new contractor/service providers, DIF is targeting all six buildings to be operational for the beginning of the coming school year, with the most advanced schools - which includes the school referred to by the Deputy - to be delivered earlier in the summer.

DIF has confirmed that, in conjunction with its lenders, it will deploy all necessary resources towards achieving these target dates.