The permanent school building project for the school referred to by the Deputy, has been assigned to my Department’s Design & Build delivery programme. This delivery programme uses a professional external Project Manager to progress the project through the relevant stages of architectural planning, tender and construction. Architectural Planning has commenced with site surveys and design development underway. A pre-planning meeting has been held with South Dublin County Council which will inform the design for the project.
The next milestone for the project will be the submission of the planning application to South Dublin County Council. It is not possible to provide an indicative timeframe for the progression of the project to tender and construction stages until such time as the necessary statutory approvals have been secured.
Pending delivery of the permanent building project, my Department will continue to address the interim accommodation needs of the school. The school opened in September 2020 in interim accommodation in Citywest and will continue in its existing interim accommodation for the 2021/22 school year or until such time as the temporary accommodation currently the subject of a planning application can be provided. In this regard an initial notification of decision to grant planning permission for interim accommodation in respect of the school at it's intended interim location in Rathcoole was granted on 25 January, 2021. The final grant of planning permission is expected week commencing 22 February 2021.