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Friday 31 October 2014

Loreto (Wexford) is part of scheme

Published 28/01/2014 | 05:34

THE LORETO in Wexford is the only one of six schools in the Model County being built under what is called Bundle 5 of the Public Private partnership (PPP) school building programme.

The new Wexford school will be built on a 10-acre green field site at Pembroke Hill (between the Bishopswater and Whitford roundabouts), which was donated free last year by a developer.

Construction work is likely to begin in July, 2015, with the state-of-the-art school expected to open in December 2016, co-incidentally the 150th anniversary of Loreto in Wexford.

'It's all systems go,' said Principal Billy O'Shea, 'we are in regular contact with them and substantial progress is being made.'

Under the PPP model, the private sector bears the initial cost of building projects with the Government repaying the money over an extended period of time, usually 25 years.

The other schools on which work is due to commence later this year in the county are exchequer-funded and are form part of the government's five year schools' building programme.

They are:

* CBS Wexford (National & Secondary)

Work is ongoing on developing the plans for the school extension and refurbishment. Planning permission has been approved for the project design teams have produced a draft short list of tends which is being submitted to the Department of Education. The schools are now hoping to proceed to the pre-tender stage.

* Coláiste Abbáin Adamstown

After a 16 year wait, work is set to begin on a new school at Colaiste Abbain, Adamstown in the coming weeks.

Funding of €5.65m has been approved for a two storey art state of the school extension which would cater for 350 pupils and the new school is expected to open in September 2016.

* New Ross Primary Schools

The €7.5 million new twin primary school project for New Ross was included in the Government's planned projects list for work to commence in 2014.

The project will see the amalgamation of New Ross CBS primary school, Michael St school and St Joseph's NS. Michael St NS Principal Elma Sutton said work may now being as soon as February at the Bawnmore site.

* Barntown National School

Once dubbed the school of the portacabins, is due to hear shortly when contractors will be able to move on to the site of the new school on the next door sports field.

Gorey Guardian

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