A building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is included in my Department’s 6 year Construction Programme.
A project brief has been prepared and includes an extension of 6 additional classrooms, split into 2 classes for Mild General Learning Disability, 2 classes for Moderate General Learning Disability and 2 classes for ASD. The total area of this extension is approx. 1,066m2. The scope of the brief includes for refurbishment of the existing buildings subject to verification by the Design Team on appointment.
The project will be delivered via the ADAPT programme which is an innovative delivery programme first introduced by my Department in 2016. It uses a professional external Project Manager to coordinate and drive the respective design teams on each project.
In this regard, a tender competition is in train to establish a Project Manager framework which is expected to be in place this month. Tenders have been returned and are currently being evaluated.
Whilst the Department must adhere to the Public Procurement rules for the appointment of consultant Design Teams the Building Unit will expedite this process in so far as possible.
All schools with projects on the ADAPT programme will be contacted shortly by my Department to provide an update on the status of their respective project.