Drone footage of the new build at Ardee Community School offers a never-seen-before birdseye view of the work ongoing on site, as contractors work tirelessly to meet the school’s completion date of April 2018.
Recorded by Mourne Air, the two videos – available to view below – show the scale and the ambition of the brand new build at Ardee Community School.
The new build has been designed by Coady Architects, a Dublin-based company responsible for the Eolas building at Maynooth University, the Research Hub at Trinity College and a host of schools at home and abroad – including Ballymakenny Post-Primary in Drogheda, Naas Community College and Colasite Choilm in Tullamore.
The construction work is being undertaken by Felix O’Hare & Co Ltd, from Newry.
The drone footage, uploaded to YouTube on October 20th and more recently on November 13th, show the progress made on the impressive looking project.
The new building – which will house brand a two storey classroom block, new and state of the art construction, design and laboratory areas, as well as a dedicated autistic/special needs unit – is due to be completed by April. The school’s Board of Management says that 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.
In excess of 170 new pupils have started in the school this month and 800 pupils are currently enrolled, with that number expected to rise to around 900 in the coming years.
Work continues at seemingly breakneck speed on the new school extension which will provide new, state of-the-art facilities to the students and increase capacity at Ardee CS to around 900 pupils.
As well as the new build going up adjacent to the current building, the current building underwent an extensive interior, electrical and plumbing upgrades.
The extension is set to cost in the region of €3 million. The new 2911 sq metre standalone building will replace the circa 490 sq metre prefabs that are currently in use. The work is also including the development upgrades on the existing school building and grounds – including a new hard court, new car parking arrangements, footpath and roadway improvements, fencing and landscaping.