Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (412)

Brian Stanley

Question:

412. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Education and Skills the work being undertaken to expedite the new school project for a school (details supplied); the actions being taken with regard to same; and the timescale for construction work to commence. [35992/19]

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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.