Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (290)

James Browne


290. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding funding to rebuild a secondary school (details supplied); the commencement date for works; the way in which the prioritisation of works has led to other schools being built ahead of this school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35207/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is included in my Department’s Construction Programme which is being delivered under the National Development Plan.

The major building project will deliver a new part single storey, part two storey and part three storey post-primary school of 6,786sqm to provide general classrooms, specialised classrooms, PE Hall, general purpose area, a unit for pupils with multiple disability visual impairment, ancillary teaching and staff accommodation. 

The project is currently at an advanced stage of architectural planning: Stage 2B – Detailed Design.  On satisfactory completion of Stage 2B the project will be authorised to 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 (Stage 3).  A tender stage normally takes between 7 and 8 months to complete.