Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (360)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

360. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 23 of 6 March 2019, the status of the school building project; the timeline for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19606/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

A building project for the school in question is included in my Department’s Construction Programme which is being delivered under the National Development Plan.

It is proposed to develop this school to a 1,000 pupil school and to provide a significant amount of new accommodation, 7,460 square metres approx., in additional floor area. The existing retained accommodation, 2,720 square metres approx., will be upgraded in a practical manner, to match the new accommodation.

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 exercise to establish a Project Manager framework was concluded on 10th April 2019. A tender competition to the newly established framework to appoint the Project Manager for the ADAPT programme has commenced and the closing date is Tuesday May 21st 2019 at 17.00hrs.

My Department recently wrote to the school to provide an update on the status of the project.