Carrigaline site will cater for 1,000 pupils
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.”