Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Questions (119)

Gino Kenny

Question:

119. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the difficult conditions under which staff and students are working and learning at a school (details supplied) in County Dublin; the steps he will take to move the school extension and refurbishment project beyond stage 2b as a matter of urgency especially in view of the recent withdrawal of the quantity surveyor and architect ; if assurances will be given that the necessary work will continue without delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47934/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I was delighted to visit Scoil Áine Naofa earlier this month and meet the principal and staff to discuss this building project.  

The major building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is part of a joint project. The project is at an advanced stage of architectural planning, Stage 2(b) Detailed Design which includes the application for Planning Permission, Fire Cert and Disability Access Cert and the preparation of tender documents.  All statutory approvals have been secured.

In June 2019, at a meeting with the schools, their design team and officials from my Department, discussions took place regarding the current conditions at the schools. My Department advised the schools to submit an application for consideration, for replacement/additional temporary accommodation required to address their current accommodation needs pending the delivery of the major school building project. 

At that meeting the consultant Design Team Quantity Surveyor advised that the company is withdrawing from the project.

In early October 2019, the Design Team Consultant Architect advised that it is forced to withdraw from the project as the firm has gone into liquidation. A tender process to replace both the design team Architect and Quantity Surveyor will commence shortly.

This project is included in the Department’s Construction Programme which is being delivered under the National Development Plan.