Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (450)

Gerald Nash

Question:

450. Deputy Ged Nash asked the Minister for Education the position regarding the development of a new school building for two schools (details supplied); the reason the process has been delayed; if progress has been made in relation to car parking solutions on the site; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8770/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The joint building project for the two schools referred to by the Deputy is included in my Department’s Construction Programme which is being delivered under the National Development Plan.

This project is currently at an early stage of Architectural Planning, Stage 1 – Assessment of Site, Site Investigations and Initial Sketch Scheme. The Design Team have advised of site constraints while exploring design options.

A number of interim Stage 1 meetings have been held between the Design Team, Project Manager and Department officials to resolve this. My Department are working with the Design Team and a third party to explore all viable options. Once a satisfactory resolution has been achieved, the Design Team can then complete their Stage 1 Submission, and forward it to my Department for review.