Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Questions (163)

Joe Carey


163. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a school building project (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46151/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

This building project 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 post primary school to cater for 650 pupils and a new primary school on a shared site. The project is currently in Stage 2b (Detailed Design) of Architectural Planning which includes statutory approvals and the preparation of tender documents. Planning permission, fire certificate and disability access certificate have all been secured for this project. 

The Design Team has carried out a pre-qualification process to produce a shortlist of building contractors and also a separate list of mechanical and electrical contractors. The Department is continuing to liaise with the Project Manager in that regard.

When all items have been satisfactorily completed the Department expects to be in a position to authorise the project to progress to tender stage which normally takes between 7 and 8 months to complete.