Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (200)

Fiona O'Loughlin


200. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a request for a school extension by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25259/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Major Project at the school referred to by the Deputy is at Stage 1 of architectural planning which entails preliminary design of site and location suitability and initial sketch scheme.

A revised Stage 1 submission, including an up to date cost plan, was requested from the Design Team following an increase in the schedule of accommodation to cater for up to 1200 pupils. That submission has been received and a review has been completed with comments for action issued to the School and its Design Team.

A further review has yielded a proposal for an increase in accommodation to a 1300 pupil school, which has been accepted by the school. The Design Team has been instructed to provide an initial sketch scheme for a 1300 pupil school, and submit to the Department for review. Professional fees have been agreed with the Design Team members for this additional task.

Following the review my Department will then be in contact with the Board of Management of the school with regard to the progression of the project.

This project is included in my Department’s Construction Programme which is being delivered under the National Development Plan.