We’ll soon see the results of the major school building projects in three towns

We’ll soon see the results of the major school building projects in three towns

Archaeological excavation has ended in Carrigaline, clearing the way for work to begin on the three-school campus as seen in this artists’s impression.

THE Cork Education and Training Board (CETB) has reported steady progress on significant school building projects in Fermoy, Midleton, and Carrigaline.

The developments include restarting works on the stalled €8 million extension at Coláiste an Chraoibhín in Fermoy.

A standalone extension for Coláiste an Chraoibhín was due to be completed by February 2017 but was hit with major delays when Sammon Contracting Ireland Ltd was placed into examinership.

Inspired Spaces, a company under the ownership of Carillion and the Dutch Infrastructure Fund, won a contract to deliver the project from the State, and hired Sammon to carry out the construction work. UK-based Carillion subsequently got into financial difficulty, with debts of more than €1.5bn.

However, the CETB now says the initial phase of the extension project is in full swing, with the Department of Education & Skills (DES) granting permission to proceed to tender, following the submission of their report in December.

A statement from the CETB said: “In line with the programme, the tender documentation was issued to the list of pre-qualified contractors on January 14, with closing date for entries set at February 11. Once all submitted tenders have been assessed, Cork ETB will forward a report to the Department for approval to proceed.”

Meanwhile, the education board has also reported progress on the stalled development of a €9.6m extension at St Colman’s Community College in Midleton. The project was hit was similar delays to the Fermoy school following the collapse of Carillion.

However, the CETB said: “The Enabling Works contractor has now commenced on site and the Design Team is organising for specialists and inspectors to visit the site in order to review the installed works. These surveys will determine both the scope of works to be tendered and the programme for completion of works.

“Once this information has been collated, the Design Team will then prepare to finalise the detailed tender documentation, drawings and costings for the completion of the main contract and will issue the tender package to the pre-qualified contractors.”

In Carrigaline, an archaeological excavation has been completed on the site of a €20m, three-school campus, which includes a Gaelscoil, Gaelcholáiste, and Sonas special needs school.

“A report on subsequent findings will be submitted in due course, paving the way for works to begin on the campus’ main contract.

“The contract with the main contractor, including the Mechanical and Electrical Reserve Specialists, is due to be finalised following examination of all tenders received, with a view to commencing works on site as soon as possible,” the CETB said.

Acting CEO of CETB, John Fitzgibbons, added: “It is a bright start to the year with so much exciting project work underway across the county. It spells a bright future for CETB schools and the staff, students and parents that fill them with life.”

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