Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (194, 227, 228)

Jack Chambers

Question:

194. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a school construction (details supplied) will proceed to tender in quarter 1 of 2020; the date on which construction will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44191/19]

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Jack Chambers

Question:

227. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Education and Skills the specific reason for the delay in progressing a school capital project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44582/19]

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Jack Chambers

Question:

228. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the delay in the opening of a new school (details supplied); the arrangements that will be put in place to ensure the purpose built ASD units catering for 12 spaces in the school will be progressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44583/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 194, 227 and 228 together.

The building project to provide permanent accommodation for the school referred to by the Deputy will provide a 16 classroom primary school with a 2 classroom Special Educational Needs unit.

The project is being delivered under my Department's Design and Build Programme. The current Design & Build framework of contractors is due to expire in January 2020 and a tender exercise to establish a new framework of Contractors is required.

The procurement process for a bundle of projects which includes the building project referred by the Deputy is due to commence shortly with the publication of a contract notice to determine a shortlist of interested contractors. This procurement process will also establish a new framework of Contractors for the 2020 and 2021 programmes. The new school building for the school referred to by the Deputy is included as part of this tender exercise.

The procurement process (and the associated tendering to short-listed contractors) for this bundle of projects will be ongoing during Q4 2019 and Q1 2020.

It is anticipated that construction of this school building project will commence in Q2 2020. A phased construction programme is planned to facilitate occupation of the new permanent school building as early as possible in the 2020/2021 school year