A 1,000 pupil, €20m education campus in Carrigaline will begin construction in January.
The Cork Education Training Board (ETB) anticipate that construction will take 21 months to complete, meaning the project could be delivered before the end of 2020.
The Carrigaline Education Campus will span over 21 acres at Ardnacloughy on the Ballinrea Road and will incorporate three schools, including a 500-pupil Gaelcholáiste, a 24-classroom Gaelscoil and the Sonas Special Needs school.
The estimated budget for the entire development is approximately €20m. The ETB launched the development of the campus in 2017.
An archaeological excavation is currently being undertaken on the and it is expected to be handed over to the building contractor next month or in January.
Prequalification tenders for contractors were given to the Department earlier this month and tenders are being advertised for mechanical and electrical reserve specialist.
ETB chief executive Ted Owens said: “The tender process' completion and construction on site is planned to coincide with the archaeological excavation's completion. The anticipated date when the contractor will commence on site is January 2019. The construction programme is 21 months.”
Councillor Seamus McGrath has urged that the proper infrastructure to support the campus be installed ahead of the school opening which is situated outside the town on a rural road.
“Significant improvements to the infrastructure in the vicinity of the site are required and I have been pursuing [Cork County] Council to ensure the work is done in advance of the schools opening,” said Mr McGrath.
Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the development of the campus is an “important issue” for locals.
Carrigaline is Ireland's fastest growing town with a population of almost 16,000 according to Census 2016 figures and will be the largest in the county once Ballincollig is subsumed into the city following the May 2019 local elections.