Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (402, 403)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

402. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding development at a campus (details supplied) with particular reference to the need to restore activity on the site with a view to meeting the schedules insofar as possible with particular reference to the opening date for the schools involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20129/19]

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Bernard Durkan

Question:

403. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a development (details supplied) is likely to be completed; the full extent and scale of the facilities to be provided thereon; the extent to which the temporary accommodation sought by schools is likely to be provided in the interim; if a target date has been set for the completion of all works and the opening of the two schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20130/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 402 and 403 together.

The Deputy will be aware that the project to which he refers has been devolved for delivery to Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB). It remains the case that the project will deliver two new post primary schools catering for 1,000 pupils each and a stand-alone sports hall which will be shared between the schools, all of which is being delivered on a single site

The contractor who is currently on site completing the external fabric of the buildings is expected to complete this work shortly. Tender documents for the completion of the remaining works have issued to the relevant short-listed contractors. It is fully expected that the buildings will be available for occupation prior to September 2020. I can also confirm to the Deputy that approval has been given for temporary accommodation to meet the needs of the schools until such time as the new building project is completed.