Bam Ireland has been awarded the design and build contract for four new national schools in Dublin and Cork as part of a Department of Education’s Design and Build Framework Schools Bundle in a joint venture with Glasgiven Contracts.
Bam has delivered 12 schools through the Irish Schools PPP Programme – Bundles 3 and 4 in recent years, both on schedule and on budget, Bam said.
They consisted of the design, build, finance, and maintenance of all schools, spread across eleven sites providing approximately 8,850 pupil spaces, at a total capital value of €175 million.
The four new projects are located at Ballinteer, Cherrywood and Knocklyon in Co. Dublin, while the fourth is at Carrs Hill, Douglas, Co. Cork. Work has already commenced on all four sites. It is expected that all four schools will be delivered by the end of 2022 and in total can accommodate over 2,000 pupils.
Welcoming the start of work on the sites, Ireland’s Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD, said: “This announcement will provide a timely boost for the parents and the wider local communities in these areas in Cork and Dublin and will continue to serve and educate young people for years to come. I am particularly interested in the innovative and environmentally sustainable aspects of the construction of these four National schools and I would like to wish the construction team at Bam/Glasgiven and all school communities involved in the build the very best.”
Bam Ireland CEO Theo Cullinane said: “With better classrooms and equipment, including high-spec units for children with special educational needs, this will enhance the learning experience for our young people while enabling teachers to provide the best possible education for students.”