All systems go for new Loreto school in Wexford
THE sod turning, marking the long-awaited start of preparatory works ahead of the building of a new Loreto secondary school will take place on Monday, December 14.
Work had been due to start last month but was postponed after the preferred tenderer Priority Construction pulled out at the 11th hour.
This work, which take five months to complete, includes basic infrastructure such as site fencing, roads and drains, and will now be carried out by Roadbridge, from Limerick, wich had been the second prefered contractor on the list.
Meanwhile, the government announced on Friday that the Inspired Spaces Consortium has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the provision of the five new schools - including the Loreto - that have been included in Bundle 5 of the Department's Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme.
Construction of all five schools will commence during summer, 2016, and they will be available for occupation by the second half of 2017.
The Loreto development on a greenfield site, once earmarked for housing and a nursing home, will see the creation of a two- and three-storey school building with state-of-the-art educational and sports facilities.
The 900-student school which will be built off the Duncannon Road at Ballynagee on a 10.3 acre site is bounded to the east by the Whiterock residential estates, to the south and west by agricultural land and to the north by the R733 Duncannon Road.
The school will have a full-size GAA pitch, hockey pitch, three ball courts, car and cycle parking and a drop off area.
The new Loreto will be the first new secondary school built from scratch in the town since the Christian Brothers in the mid-1870s. The school building itself, which will be sub-divided into two district blocks, will range from two to three storeys, with the physical education hall providing direct access to the GAA and hockey pitches. Under the PPP model, the schools will be designed, built, financed and maintained for 25 years by the Inspired Spaces Consortium. The day to day caretaking, maintenance and cleaning of the school will be managed by Inspired Spaces leaving the management and staff of the school with more time to concentrate on their core educational activities.