Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Ceisteanna (150)

Brendan Howlin

Ceist:

150. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 169 of 17 September 2019, if authorisation has issued to invite tenders for the project; if so, when tenders will be invited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52098/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The major building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is currently at Stage 2(b) – Detailed Design.

The Department understands that the Design Team is currently finalising the tender documentation and it is expected that this documentation will be submitted to the Department for review shortly.

However, due to the passage of time since the pre-qualification process, to select a shortlist of candidates, the Department has recently advised the school and its Design Team to run a new pre-qualification process. This can be carried out in parallel with the completion, submission and review of the finalised stage 2(b) documentation.

Upon receipt and review of the stage 2(b) documentation and the completion of the new pre-qualification process, my Department will be in contact with the Board of Management of the school regarding the progression of the project to the next stage of architectural planning, Stage 3 - tender stage.