The major building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is currently at an advanced stage of architectural planning - Stage 2(b) Detailed Design which includes the application for statutory approvals and the preparation of tender documents. All Statutory approvals have been secured.
In the context of reviewing the revised Stage 2(b) report submitted to the Department it was noted that the estimated Stage 2(b) cost plan had increased substantially from the approved costs at Stage 2(a).
In accordance with Department Design Team Procedures, where the approved cost limits have been exceeded, a Brief Change Report is necessary.
The Design Team is currently working on the required Brief Change Report. Upon receipt, review and approval of the Brief Change Report the Design Team will commence work on necessary revisions to the Stage 2(b) submission.
Upon receipt and review of a revised stage 2(b) submission the Department will revert to the Board of Management of the school with regard to the further progression of the project at that time.