It has been a busy start to 2019 for the Cork Education and Training Board (CETB), with three major capital projects around the county now at various stages of progression. These developments are located at Coláiste an Chraoibhín in Fermoy, St Colman's Community College in Midleton and the Three-School Campus in Carrigaline, which incorporates the Gaelscoil, Gaelcholáiste and Sonas.
Following the completion of an archaeological excavation at the site of the latter, a report on subsequent findings will be submitted in due course, paving the way for works to begin on the campus' main contract. Tenders for this contract have now been received for both Mechanical and Electrical Reserve Specialists, and these files are currently being assessed by the Design Team. The contract with the main contractor, including the Mechanical and Electrical Reserve Specialists is due to be finalised following examination of all tenders received, with a view to commencing works on site as soon as possible.
The initial phase of the extension project at Coláiste an Chraoibhín in Fermoy is also in full swing, with the Department of Education & Skills (DES) granting permission to CETB to proceed to tender, following the submission of their report in December. In line with the programme, the tender documentation was issued to the list of prequalified contractors on January 14th, with closing date for entries set at 11th February 2019. Once all submitted tenders have been assessed, Cork ETB will forward a report to the DES for approval to proceed with the appointment of the preferred tenderer, while continuing to keep stakeholders informed of key developments on the progress of the project.
Another CETB project that is currently experiencing rapid progression is the extension project at St Colman's Community College in Midleton. The Enabling Works contractor has now commenced on site and the Design Team is organising for specialists and inspectors to visit the site in order to review the installed works. These surveys will determine both the scope of works to be tendered and the programme for completion of works. Once this information has been collated, the Design Team will then prepare to finalise the detailed tender documentation, drawings and costings for the completion of the main contract and will issue the tender package to the prequalified contractors.
With such extensive developments underway, CETB understand the importance of communicating with all those directly related to each project, as well as keeping all interested parties abreast with key developments. Commenting on this year's busy schedule of works, Acting Chief Executive of CETB John Fitzgibbons, said: "It is a bright start to the year with so much exciting project work underway across the county. It spells a bright future for CETB schools and the staff, students and parents that fill them with life. We will continue to work with the Department of Education & Skills through the course of each development in order to expedite the delivery of each project for the relevant community. We're excited at the prospects these works hold for the future of education in Cork."