Thursday, 24 September 2020

Questions (157)

Pádraig MacLochlainn

Question:

157. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Education the status of the plans for a new building for a school (details supplied). [26203/20]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The major building project 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.

In December 2019, my Department received the Stage 2(b) submission for this project. In order to expedite the progression of the major building project, my Department authorised the school and its Design Team to commence the pre-qualification process to select a shortlist of contractors.

The review of the Stage 2(b) submission has been completed and comments have issued to the Design Team requesting the Design team to carry out one final review of the tender documentation taking on board my Department's comments. When this work has been carried out the Design Team will revert to my Department with confirmations that the tender documentation then complies with all Department, Building Control Amendment Regulation (BCAR) and Public Works Contract (PWC) tender documentation requirements.

Upon receipt of these confirmations and completion of the pre-qualification process and subject to no other issues arising, this project will then be ready to progress to the next stage of architectural planning - Stage 3 (Tender Stage).

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