Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (350)

Seán Fleming


350. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position in relation to a school project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35379/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The major building project for this school is at an advanced stage of architectural planning, Stage 2b – Detailed Design, which includes the applications for Planning Permission, Fire Cert and Disability Access Cert and the preparation of tender documents. All statutory approvals have been obtained.

Following a legal challenge, authorisation to re-commence the pre-qualification process issued to the Design Team and school. The re-commenced process of compiling a shortlist of contractors for tender stage is currently nearing completion.

When the pre-qualification process for the main contract and reserved specialists contracts is complete, the project will then be progressed to tender stage. A tender stage normally takes between 7 and 8 months to complete.

In regard to the site acquisition, good progress is being made and it is anticipated that conveyancing will conclude in the near future. There is good ongoing engagement between both legal teams on finalising matters.  It is not possible to elaborate on specific details due to commercial sensitivities.  However, the Department will continue in its commitment to keep all parties generally appraised of progress in the transaction.