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In Pictures: Ardee Community School’s summer upgrades

An image from inside the original ACS building, post-refurbishment. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Ardee Community School reopened to students this week for the 2017/18 academic year and while work continues apace on the brand new school building on site, the current student body are having to get used to a new look interior of the old school building.

During the summer, builders and workmen have crammed months worth of work into just nine weeks. In between the Leaving Cert finishing up in late June and the end of August, the contractors have got to work on installing new ceiling tiles across the entire building, installing new floors – a job still being completed – and even creating new spaces and walkways, namely in the old yellow corridor. The colour scheme is out the window, now its simply known as Corridor 1. New colour coded doors brighten up the place too.


A spiffy new paint job has created a light and spacious feel in the corridors, the canteen area has been renovated – and how just awaits new furniture – while more substantial work includes new lighting systems, heating upgrades, a new security system and more. In parts, it looks unrecognisable from just months ago. Outside, work is being undertaken on car parking areas while footpaths have been vastly improved and the vehicle lanes have been widened for ease of access for both cars and buses.

With in excess of 170 new first year pupils arriving this year, Ardee Community School continues to grow apace. It’s not that long ago that annual new intakes were around the 100 mark. Tony Corcoran, who has been joined by Pauline Duffy as the school’s new Deputy Prinicipal this year, told ThisIsArdee.ie that while he expects the rise to level out eventually, the school is well on course to soon increase it’s attendance to 900. That’s what makes their new build so important.

The new building – which will house brand new and state of the art construction, design and laboratory areas, as well as a dedicated autisitc unit – is due to be completed by April 2018. Corcoran says as soon as the building is ready, pupils and classes will be moved in. A modern building in keeping with other new schools around the country, impressive plans show how the two-floor new building under construction will look out onto the brand new sports pitch, laid by pitch specialists Prunty Pitches and almost ready for use.

Back at the existing building, as well as finishing new floors in mall and some classroom areas, new furniture is on the way, which will complete the new look areas such as the canteen. On our visit to the school on Friday afternoon, we took a look around and Adrian Crawley brought his camera with him.

This an all-new corridor linking Corridor 1 with a new canteen entrance and an exit to the school grounds.
An entirely new section of the school, it’s modern features provide a fresh look for Ardee Community School.

The front facing windows and entrances to the canteen have been totally redesigned.
Extensive work has been undertaken on the floor, ceiling and lighting while a bright new paint job has refreshed the look and feel of main areas of the school.
Pink, green and blue doors – colour coded – offer a burst of colour.

As well as aesthetic improvements, much of the major work over the summer focused on new heating and lighting systems.

The finishing of the work is of a high quality, adding to the school’s overall look.
The view from below – this is how the ceiling above the Arts rooms now look.

Lime green is a prevalent colour in this new look interior at Ardee Community School.

Students won’t be going cold at the school any time soon, teachers hope, with new radiators dotted all around the corridors and rooms.
The exterior of the school has seen it’s layout changed, with new foothpaths and more.

Vehicular access to the school is now easier – with the entire route widened and foothpaths installed on both sides.
The entrance to the school looks a little different – and isn’t finished yet.
The new school building is due to be open in April.
The brand new pitch at ACS – which will be used by Square United – is looking in great shape and is almost ready for use.

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