Minister Jan O'Sullivan TD turns sod at Skibbereen Community School
12th February 2015
The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD officiated at the recent sod turning of the new community school at Gortnacloughy, in Skibbereen. Construction is already underway at the 19 acre site. Construction works will be completed by BAM in May 2016.
Speaking at the sod-turning ceremony, the Minister said: 'The multi-million euro investment in this region by the Department of Education and Skills and with BAM, as the Private Sector Partner, ensures that West Cork is served with a state of the art learning facility, that will benefit the Region for generations to come.'
Officially named Skibbereen Community School at the ceremony, the new school will house 900 pupils providing modern classrooms, several science laboratories, technology and multimedia rooms, arts and graphics areas over the 9,800m2 building. Extensive sports facilities, both indoor and external hard courts and playing pitches will also form part of the school development, as well as a fully specified Special Needs Unit.
Skibbereen Community School is one of four schools under the Schools Bundle 4 Public Private Partnership (SB4 PPP) Programme. The contract with BAM Ireland for this project entails designing, building, financing, operating and maintaining the school for a 25 year period. The other three schools in SB4 PPP are:
- St Mary’s College Dundalk, Co. Louth.
- St Joseph’s Secondary School, Tulla, Co Clare.
- Comeragh College, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary.
BAM Ireland’s CEO Theo Cullinane said: “BAM has successfully delivered eight schools under Schools Bundle 3 and look forward to providing four state-of-the-art, energy efficient schools under this Schools Bundle 4 project.”