Car­ri­ga­line site will cater for 1,000 pupils

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Rob McNa­mara

Con­struc­tion works on a €20m ed­u­ca­tion cam­pus in Car­ri­ga­line to fa­cil­i­tate 1,000 stu­dents will be­gin in Jan­uary.

The Cork Ed­u­ca­tion Train­ing Board (ETB) an­tic­i­pates a 21-month com­ple­tion pe­riod, in­di­cat­ing the project could be de­liv­ered be­fore the end of 2020.

The Car­ri­ga­line Ed­u­ca­tion Cam­pus will span over 21 acres at Ard­na­cloghy on the Ballinrea Road and will in­cor­po­rate three schools — a 500pupil gael­choláiste, a 24-class­room gaelscoil, and the Sonas Spe­cial Needs school.

The es­ti­mated bud­get is ap­prox­i­mately €20m. The ETB had launched the de­vel­op­ment in 2017.

An ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tion is cur­rently un­der way on the site and it is ex­pected to be handed over to the main con­trac­tor next month or in Jan­uary.

Pre-qual­i­fi­ca­tion ten­ders for con­trac­tors were given to the de­part­ment ear­lier this month and ten­ders are be­ing ad­ver­tised for me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal re­serve spe­cial­ist.

ET B chief ex­ec­u­tive Ted Owens said: “The ten­der process com­ple­tion and con­struc­tion on the site is planned to co­in­cide with the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tion’s com­ple­tion.

“The an­tic­i­pated date when the con­trac­tor will com­mence on site is Jan­uary 2019 and the con­struc­tion pro­gramme is 21 months.”

Cllr Sea­mus McGrath has sug­gested all the in­fra­struc­ture should be in­stalled ahead of the open­ing of the school, which is out­side the satel­lite town on a ru­ral road: “Sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments to the in­fra­struc­ture in the vicin­ity of the site are re­quired and I have been pur­su­ing the county coun­cil to en­sure the work is done in ad­vance.”

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