Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Questions (118)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

118. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Education and Skills when phase 2 of a school building project (details supplied) will begin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22765/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The school referred to by the Deputy will be part of a shared campus. The major building project will consist of a Phase 2 extension at secondary level and a new school building for the Primary School. The building project will deliver the Post Primary building providing an area of 5,226m² new build and 2,237m² refurbishment.

In December 2018, the project completed Stage 2a (Developed Design Stage) and was authorised to proceed to Stage 2b - Detailed Design, which includes the applications for Planning Permission, Fire Cert and Disability Access Cert and the preparation of tender documents.

Planning permission for this particular project was sought earlier than usual in the architectural planning process, during Stage 2(a) as a means to identify any potential issues which might arise.

Upon receipt and review of the stage 2(b) submission the project will then be authorised to commence the pre-qualification of contractors process. Pre-qualification normally takes between 8 and 12 weeks to complete.

When pre-qualification is complete, the project will then be progressed to tender stage. A tender stage normally takes between 7 and 8 months to complete.