Thursday, 12 December 2019

Questions (83)

Thomas Byrne


83. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the 70 major school building projects in advanced architectural planning; and the expected completion date of each project in tabular form. [52193/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The current status of large-scale projects being delivered under the National Development Plan is listed on a county by county basis on the Department's website and updated on a monthly basis to reflect progress through design, tender and construction stages.

Details of the 70+ major school building projects currently at an advanced stage of architectural planning, Stage 2(b) - Detailed Design are included in this listing.

Stage 2(b) Detailed Design is arguably the most complex and detailed of all the stages in Architectural Planning. In addition to securing the necessary statutory approvals it also includes the preparation of complex and detailed tender documents.

Pre-qualification of contractors generally occurs at the end of Stage 2(b) and involves the compiling of a shortlist of contractors.

Thereafter a tender stage normally takes between 7 and 8 months to complete.

The construction period varies from project to project depending on its size and complexity.

The Deputy will appreciate that, as the period of time to progress through each of these steps varies from project to project, it is not possible to provide an expected completion date for each project currently at an advanced stage of architectural planning.