CONSTRUCTION work has finally commenced on the permanent building for Gorey's new second-level school, Creagh College.
Machinery moved on site yesterday (Monday) as work began on the campus, which will accommodate up to 1,000 pupils. It's expected the work will be completed by April 2014, and that students and staff will move in immediately.
Creagh College is currently housed in a specially built school capable of accommodating 300 primary school pupils, but the growing second-level school is rapidly running out of space. There are currently 160 pupils and 21 staff in the school, which is midway through its second year. Some 96 additional students will be enrolled at the school this September.
'It's very exciting,' said principal Paul Glynn. ' WE WERE expecting construction to start earlier this year and we were getting somewhat nervous about it, but we were reassured that everything was in train and we can feel a lot more confident now that the building will be ready by 2014 now that work has started on site.'
The Gorey school is one of eight buildings that will be built under the Public Private Partnership model. BAM PPP was appointed preferred tenderer in September 2011. The project financing includes EIB, Bank of Ireland and the National Pensions Reserve Fund.
This is the second major construction project to begin in Gorey in recent months, with work continuing on the new Tesco hypermarket at Ramstown.
The new Creagh College is located next to the site of the existing temporary home, with Gorey Gaelscoil and Educate Together on the other side. It will be accessed via the roundabout at Creagh Woods.
Creagh College will hold an open evening on Thursday, November 22, with enrolments beginning on November 30. If the school is oversubscribed on that date, a lottery will be held.
The new school will measure 12,000 sq.m.
The accommodation will include general teaching accommodation, specialist classrooms/ special needs unit, Physical Education hall and ancillary areas, hard play courts and playing pitches, car parking spaces, engineering services, and all associated site development works.