Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (220)

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

220. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 161 of 2 April 2019, the number of times this project has required retendering; the cost to date of the planning and tendering process; the technical design related issues that are holding up the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16542/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

As the Deputy is aware, the project to which he refers has been devolved for delivery to the local Education and Training Board (LMETB). 

A number of design issues have arisen with this project. These have included issues relating to the need for additional security features for the proposed building which became apparent at tender stage.  These required a change in brief with consequent design alterations. Currently, the capacity of the building is being reviewed to ensure it meets LMETB's needs into the future. Other design issues such as room sizes and uses form part of this review. The project will be retendered once this review is completed, but I can inform the Deputy that it has only previously been tendered once.

To date, approximately €260k has been spent on costs related to the project including design team fees, planning and statutory consent fees and surveys for the project.