Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Questions (415)

Gerald Nash

Question:

415. Deputy Ged Nash asked the Minister for Education the average delivery timescale for a new school building under the design and build system from stage one of the process to completion and handover between 2016 and 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37616/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

My Department’s Design & Build (D&B) delivery programme uses a professional external Project Manager to progress the project through the relevant stages of architectural planning, tender and construction.

The information sought by the Deputy in relation to the years 2016 to 2018 is not readily available in the format requested.  A recent analysis of project durations on the Design and Build Programme for 18 D&B projects completed between 2018 and 2021 indicates an average project duration of some 49 months from Stage 1 to Practical Completion.

However, this average timeframe is indicative only and can be expected to vary significantly from project to project depending on individual circumstances, including planning appeals, design issues, site issues and issues which can arise at tender and construction stages.