Work has begun on the new €33 million education campus in Carrigaline.
A new 500-pupil Gaelcholáiste will form part of a three-school campus which will include a Gaelscoil and a SONAS Junior primary school.
Tánaiste Simon Coveney turned the sod on the project and the Cork Education and Training Board is managing its construction. Once complete, it will cater for the educational needs of more than 1,000 secondary, primary and special needs pupils.
MMD Construction is the main contractors for the project designed by KOBW Architects. The campus is scheduled for completion in February 2021 and more than 100 jobs will be created during the construction phase.
"This is a really significant step forward for Carrigaline and its environs," the Tánaiste said.
He said it was momentous in both the scale and the promise it holds for the community which deserves to be complimented for the way they campaigned to ensure the delivery of the new facilities.
"When completed it will be the largest non-third level education campus in Cork.”
Chief Executive of Cork ETB Denis Leamy said: “Cork ETB appreciates the massive vote of confidence the Department of Education and Skills has given to Cork ETB in appointing us to oversee this major development in Carrigaline.”
Mr Leamy said Cork ETB is looking forward to being the patron of the new permanent 500 pupil Gaelcholáiste which will form part of a three-school campus which will include a Gaelscoil and a SONAS Junior primary school.
MMD Construction director Cormac Smith said the is delighted to be appointed as the main contractor.
“We look forward to building the impressive buildings that will create a fantastic educational environment that will serve this community for many years to come,” he added.
The campus works also include road improvement works, new site entrances, car parking, set-down spaces, landscaping, paths, signage, boundary walling and all site works associated with the Campus development.
The Gaelcholáiste will be a two-storey 4,800 square metres split-level facility made up of 24 general classrooms as well as specialist accommodation and PE Hall.
Pupils will move from temporary accommodation at Waterpark House to the new school when completed.
The Gaelscoil will be a two-storey split level 24 classroom school including learning, administration and ancillary spaces, GP hall and outdoor ball courts. It will replace the existing Gaelscoil in Carrigaline.
SONAS Special Needs school will be a single storey school including learning, administration and ancillary spaces, a GP hall, outdoor ball courts and play areas.