THE Department of Education has confirmed that the tender process to appoint a project manager for the delivery of a new primary school building for St. Bríd Special School in Castlebar has been completed.
The major construction project will be delivered under the ministry’s Accelerated Delivery of Architectural Planning and Tendering (ADAPT) program.
Senator Lisa Chambers explained how the ADAPT program uses a professional external project manager to coordinate and lead the design team to achieve the best possible timeline for the project through the stages of architectural planning, call tenders and construction.
The bidding process for the appointment of a project manager has just been completed.
Senator Chambers said the first step to be undertaken by the project manager will be the bidding competitions for the appointment of design teams for a number of school building projects. This will include appointing the design team to take forward the St. Brid Special School project.
The department will update school authorities shortly on further developments regarding these appointments.
Deputy Alan Dillon visited the school in September 2021 with Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan where she saw firsthand the need for additional accommodation and improvements of the existing school building.
He commented: ‘The Department’s Planning and Construction Unit has described the construction of a new special school building and associated works, including eight classrooms on the existing site at Pavilion Road, Castlebar, including the demolition of existing school buildings.
“I will continue to advocate for greater access to special education institutions and inclusion in our education sector.”
Deputy Michael Ring also welcomed the progress made in completing the project.