The major building project referred to by the Deputy is at an advanced stage of architectural planning Stage 2b (Detailed Design), which includes the application for statutory approvals and the preparation of tender documents. All statutory approvals have been secured.
The prequalification process to select a shortlist of contractors for tender stage is currently on-going. In parallel with this process the Design Team is completing work to ensure the building will be a Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) in compliance with the 2017 amendment to Part L (Conservation of Fuel and Energy) of the current Building Regulations.
Once the prequalification process is complete, the project is NZEB compliant and the Design Team confirmations have been received my Department will be in contact with the Board of Management with a view to progressing the project to tender stage.