Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Questions (986)

Joe O'Brien


986. Deputy Joe O'Brien asked the Minister for Education the reason for the delay in the beginning of a tendering process for a design team for the planned extension to a school (details supplied); the reason for the issues with the tendering process which has now stalled; and the measures she can take to ensure delivery of the extension in a timely manner. [40092/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

As the Deputy is aware, this project to which he refers, has been devolved for delivery to Dublin & Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB).

The brief for this project is extremely complex and complicated; this resulted in a more difficult than usual and protracted process of preparation of tender documentation.

I am pleased to confirm that DDLETB has advised that the tenders for the appointment of the Design Team have now been received and assessed. The Department is expecting to receive the Tender Report imminently for review.

Following the procurement of the Design Team, the team will then proceed to design the buildings, obtain the necessary statutory planning permissions, and move the project onward to tender and construction in due course.

As the project is at an early stage in the delivery process, it is not possible at this time to give a date for completion.