Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Questions (119)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

119. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the building of a school (details supplied) will begin in Navan, County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22766/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The school referred to by the Deputy will be part of a shared campus. The building project will deliver a new Post Primary school and the new special school building will provide an area of 3,746sqm with 11 classrooms and associated ancillary accommodation to cater for pupils with a range of learning disabilities.

In December 2018, the project completed Stage 2(a) - Developed Design Stage, and was subsequently authorised to proceed to Stage 2(b) - 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.