Friday, 6 September 2019

Ceisteanna (509, 510)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

509. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of construction of a new school building (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36880/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

510. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills his Department's assessment of the need for decanting of students during the period of construction of a new school building (details supplied); the details of the plans and preparations being made in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36881/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 509 and 510 together.

The major building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is 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.

A replacement Quantity Surveyor has recently been appointed to the project who is currently working with the Design Team members on the completion of the Stage 2(b) submission which will incorporate NZEB requirements.

Upon receipt and review of the Stage 2(b) submission the Department will be in contact with the school regarding the further progression of this project at that time.

My Department has recently received correspondence in relation to a suggested decant proposal during construction. The school have been advised that any proposals in relation to decant would need to be discussed in the first instance with the school’s design team and would then require the submission of a fully costed Brief Change Request by the design team to the Department.

The Department understands from the school that it intends to have a meeting with the Design Team in the immediate future to discuss further the proposals in relation to the decant.