Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Ceisteanna (116)

Martin Heydon

Ceist:

116. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of school extensions (details supplied) due in Newbridge, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26979/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy includes an extension to the Junior and Senior schools, a new build General Purpose Hall and a Special Needs Unit. Refurbishment works will form part of the overall project.

The Junior School will be provided with a new two storey building providing nine classrooms and support spaces with floor area of 531sqm, new double height general purpose hall and support spaces with a floor area of 272 sqm and reconfiguration and refurbishment of seven classrooms and associated spaces in the existing school building.

The project is currently at Stage 2B of Architectural Planning.  Planning Permission has been received and the Disability Access Certificate and Fire Safety Certificate have been granted.

The Stage 2B report has been received and the Department's comments have been provided to the Design Team for follow up. Providing no other issues arise, the Department expects to be in a position to authorise the project to proceed to pre-qualification of contractors shortly.

The Department has written to the school outlining the timeframe for progression of the project to tender and construction stage and the steps involved.