The major building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is at an advanced stage of Architectural Planning – Stage 2b (Detailed Design) which includes the application for statutory approvals and the preparation of tender documents.
The design team is currently working on the Stage 2(b) report which on completion will be submitted to the Department for review. In completing the Stage 2(b) report the Design Team is required to upgrade the current design to ensure that the new school building is a Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) in compliance with the 2017 amendment to Part L of the current Building Regulations.
The Department has considered fee proposals submitted by Design Team members, for the additional work involved and it is in the process of agreeing fees for this work which will be subject to further review on completion of the NZEB design.
Upon receipt and review of the Stage 2(b) report my Department will revert to the school with regard to the further progression of this project at that time.