Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (483)

David Stanton


483. Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Education the projected timeline for the issuing of the tender and appointment of a contractor for the development of schools (details supplied); the anticipated timeline for the construction of the schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37950/20]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The building project referred to by the Deputy is being delivered under my Department’s Design and Build Programme which tenders to pre-established frameworks of D&B contractors.

My Department is currently in the process of establishing a Framework of Design and Build Contractors to which Design and Build projects can be tendered. Once this framework is established, it is intended that this project will be tendered as soon as possible thereafter.

In the interim, my Department and it's Project Management team are liaising with a third party developer to establish a joint programme for the construction of the required road network to service the site. This is a condition of the planning permission and both my Department and the third party developer will be liaising with Cork County Council over the coming months with regard to satisfying those planning conditions. It is envisaged that the construction of the required roads and the construction of the schools will be progressed in tandem.

The school authorities will be kept informed as the project progresses.