Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Questions (297)

Cian O'Callaghan


297. Deputy Cian O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to fund permanent school buildings for a school (details supplied); if his attention has been drawn to its 19 years in temporary accommodation without a physical education hall, sports facilities or assembly area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5206/20]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The major building project for the school 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 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. All statutory approvals have been secured.

In completing the Stage 2(b) report the Design Team is upgrading the design to ensure that the new school building is a Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) in compliance with the 2017 amendment to Part L of the Building Regulations.

A Brief Change Request, made necessary by conditions relating to Planning Permission, has recently been received by my Department for review.

Furthermore, the Stage 2(b) submission incorporating the above-mentioned BCR has recently been submitted to the Department for review by Dublin Dún Laoghaire Educational and Training Board (DDLETB), who is the Contracting Authority for this project.

Upon review of both the Brief Change Request and the Stage 2(b) report, my Department will revert to DDLETB and its Design Team regarding the further progression of the project at that time.