The 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 project is currently working through the architectural planning process at Stage 2a (Developed Design) where the preferred option design is developed to a stage where the project is fully cost planned and prepared to lodge for statutory approvals.
My Department recently received and reviewed the Stage 2a submission from the Design Team. Following the Department’s review of the submission, a Stakeholders meeting was held recently in the Department with the school, Design Team and Board of Management. Comments will issue to the Design Team and once there are no outstanding issues the project can be authorised to progress to Stage 2b (Detailed Design Stage). This stage includes the applications for Planning Permission, Fire Certificate, Disability Access Certificate and the preparation of Tender Documents.