Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (214)

Fiona O'Loughlin


214. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the planned extension to a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23301/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The major building project 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 preparing the applications for the statutory approvals, namely, Planning Permission, Disability Access Certificate and Fire Safety Certificate and expect to be in a position to lodge the planning application shortly.

Concurrently, authorisation has issued for the relocation and decant of the temporary accommodation element of this project and planning permission in respect of this has recently been received. 

Once all statutory approvals have been received the Design Team will work on finalising the Stage 2b report which will be submitted through the Board of Management to my Department.

Upon completion and review of the Stage 2(b) submission, the project will then be authorised to complete pre-qualification of Contractors.  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.