Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Questions (216)

Charlie McConalogue


216. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the construction of a school building (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46669/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The major building project for school to which the Deputy refers is at an advanced stage of architectural planning, Stage 2(b) - Detailed Design, which includes the application for statutory approvals and the preparation of tender documents.

A replacement Quantity Surveyor has been appointed to the project, who is currently working with the Design Team members on the completion of the Stage 2(b) submission, which will incorporate NZEB requirements.

The Design Team is currently finalising work on the Stage 2(b) submission which is expected to be submitted shortly to the Department for review.

Upon receipt and review of the Stage 2(b) submission, the Department will be in contact with the school regarding the further progression of this project at that time.

My Department has received correspondence from the school in relation to a suggested decant proposal during construction. The school has been advised that any proposals in relation to decant would need to be discussed in the first instance with the school’s design team and would then require the submission of a fully costed Brief Change Request by the design team to the Department.

The Department has recently sought further clarification from the school in relation to its temporary accommodation and decant proposal and again re-iterated the steps that need to be followed in relation to same.

A response to this correspondence is currently awaited.