Ardee Community School expect to begin classes in their new extension build in May, with keys set to be handed over early in the month it has been revealed.
Builders Felix O’Hare & Co Ltd originally hoped to have all work concluded on the new build in April but that has been pushed back ever so slightly – with a handover date now set at Friday, May 4th 2018.
It is understood that the school will move relevant classes and staff into the new building as soon as it becomes available to them. Work has continued apace throughout 2017 and before Christmas, the roof work was all but complete, with external windows installed across the building.
External works will take longer to complete but these are expected to be finished by mid-June, when state examinations will commence. The school are in the process of seeking additional funding from the Department of Education for final upgrade works to the existing building.
It was first opened in 1975 and during summer 2017, it underwent impressive interior, electrical and plumbing upgrades, as well as improvements to footpaths and vehicular access.
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.
It 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.
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.
That pitch will be available for use around April or May. The pitch is essentially ready – and has been since Autumn – but Prunty recommended that it was allowed rest and to settle following the seeding process. For that reason, pupils or teams have not been permitted to access it.
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.