Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Questions (55)

Martin Heydon

Question:

55. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of interaction with the board of management and design team of a school (details supplied) with a view to agreeing the best approach for providing the increased capacity needed for the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26625/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The major building project for the project 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 1,200 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 1,300 pupil school, which has been accepted by the school. The Design Team has been instructed to provide an initial sketch scheme for a 1,300 pupil school, and submit to the Department for review.

Following this 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.