Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (329, 350)

Fiona O'Loughlin


329. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a major building project for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13208/19]

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Seán Sherlock


350. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the commencement of a new school (details supplied) in County Kildare; when the school will commence; and if all issues regarding ownership of the site have now been finalised. [13457/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 329 and 350 together.

The major building project for this school is at an advanced stage of architectural planning, Stage 2b – Detailed Design, which includes the applications for Planning Permission, Fire Cert and Disability Access Cert and the preparation of tender documents. All statutory approvals have been obtained.

Following a legal challenge to the pre-qualification process for the main contract from one unsuccessful contractor a new invitation to pre-qualify will issue shortly on the e-tenders platform.

When the pre-qualification process for the main contract and reserved specialists contracts is complete, the project will then be progressed to tender stage.

Regarding the site acquisition, legal representatives for both parties are working together with a view to concluding the conveyancing. There continues to be progress on foot of close and intense engagement from all parties. All parties continue the work to ensure the acquisition completes at the earliest possible date and at this point it is not anticipated that the completion of conveyancing will impact on the timelines for delivery of the building project.