Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has said that the build for the new 16 classroom primary school in Coosan is expected to go to tender shortly.
“This week, I’m delighted that the planning phase of the school has now cleared all hurdles. This long-awaited project was granted permission on September 29th last by Westmeath County Council and no appeals were submitted by the public to An Bord Pleanála during a standard four week period that followed.
“Once the successful contractor has been appointed following the tender process, I would expect that construction work will get underway in the summer of next year and take two years to complete.
“The buildings works and the logistical challenges of this multi-million euro project are of a large scale nature. It will involve the demolition of the existing school building in two phases. Some existing pre-fab classrooms will be re-located during construction in order to build two temporary pre-fab classrooms. All pre-fabs will then be removed from the site on completion of the new school building.
“I’m delighted that it’s full steam ahead to proceed with this state-of-the-art 34,000 square foot two-storey school and special needs unit. The project will also incorporate new ball courts, play-areas and new car-parking. The new school will have a capacity to cater for approximately 450 children and up to 30 staff.
“I want to again pay tribute to the years of hard work invested by so many people, not least my late sister Nicky and the Board of Management, which has ensured this wonderful development will now become a reality for teachers, children, parents and the wider community.
“The wait for a new school has certainly been a long time coming but thankfully everything is now fully on track to finally deliver the school that Coosan and surrounding areas so badly need.
“The economic benefits for the local community also cannot be underestimated; this project will support many construction jobs and create spin-offs for the local economy.”