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After November’s scare declaring a 2-year start delay to the new St David’s extension, latest press release from Simon Harris TD, issued on Tuesday, January 8th 2019…
Former pupil of the school, Wicklow TD Minister Simon Harris has worked with St David’s since his election to secure significant Government funding for the extension and refurbishment of the school.
Wicklow TD Minister Simon Harris has today confirmed that the Department of Education expect work to begin on St David’s in Summer 2019. The major building project for St. David’s Secondary School, Greystones is at an advanced stage of architectural planning, Stage 2b (Detailed Design) which includes the applications for Planning Permission, Fire Cert and Disability Access Cert and the preparation of tender documents. All statutory approvals have been secured. The current status of the project is that the Design Team is in the process of completing the Stage 2(b) report which will be submitted through the Board of Management to the Department.
In September 2018, the school provided the Department with an updated project programme from its’ Design Team which indicated that the stage 2(b) report is expected to be submitted to the Department for review end February 2019. On this basis, the Department responded to the school confirming that it would be satisfied to authorise the commencement of the pre-qualification process to select a shortlist of contractors in January 2019. Upon receipt and review of the stage 2(b) report and completion of the pre-qualification process the project will then be progressed to tender stage. The school and its’ Design Team are currently programming construction to commence in July 2019.
Speaking about the school, Minister Harris said, “I am always eager to work with our schools to help them to grow and develop. St David’s Greystones is one of the schools I have been working with since I was first elected. After a sustained campaign working with the school community, I was delighted to secure the approval and funding for a major extension and refurbishment of the existing building. Although the planning permission process and other issues did cause some delays, I am delighted that the Department have confirmed that they expect construction to begin in July 2019. St David’s is a fantastic school in the heart of Greystones and this work has been long awaited. It will mean a major improvement to the school infrastructure in the area.
“I have invited Minister McHugh to visit the school to see the wonderful work they do and to highlight the need for urgent progress on the building project.”