CONSTRUCTION is set to begin on one of Cork’s largest ever school-building projects in Carrigaline, with a completion target of April 2021.
The Cork Education & Training Board (CETB) launched the development of the €20m, three-school campus at Ardnacloghy, Carrigaline, in November 2017.
The campus will be a new home for Gaelscoil and Gaelcholáiste Charraig Uí Leighin as well as a SONAS Junior Primary School.
In an update yesterday, the CETB revealed the successful tenderer of the project, MMD Construction (Cork) Ltd, is ready to proceed to the construction stage and will meet the target completion date despite recent setbacks.
“Despite delays due to unforeseen groundworks, the contractor is reprogramming the sequence of work to achieve the agreed completion date,” said CETB.
“The unforeseen groundworks with the roadway are currently being addressed and, when resolved, the programme for the completion of work will be finalised.”
The previously stated completion date is April 2021.
Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the campus illustrates the Government’s commitment to the Carrigaline area and its growing population.
Local Fianna Fáil councillor Seamus McGrath welcomed the news that the project is on track despite delays. He described the development as positive for the local area but called on the county council to progress its plans for the surrounding roadworks ahead of completion of the campus.
Mr McGrath expects the council to publish planned infrastructure upgrades, involving cycle lanes and crossings on the Ballinrea Rd, in the coming weeks ahead of a public consultation.
Speaking to The Echo, Mr McGrath said: “There is quite an amount of work required in the vicinity surrounding the campus, including extra pedestrian crossings, cycle lanes, and improvements to the roundabout from a traffic point of view.
“That is work that absolutely has to progress before the school is open.”