• News

Contracts signed for new Athlone school

Monday, 12th November, 2012 11:53am

Story by Tom Kelly
Jump to comments
Contracts signed for new Athlone school

Principal of Athlone Community College, Eileen Donohoe.

Contracts have been signed for the long awaited multi-million euro new school building for Athlone Community College.

Work is expected to begin on the Retreat Road site almost immediately after BAM PPP signed a schools Public Private Partnership (PPP) deal with the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA), on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills, for the design, build, finance and maintenance of eight schools nationwide, including a new 1,000 pupil school in Athlone.

The construction phase will be completed within 18 months and all eight schools will be available for occupancy in early 2014. The capital value of the eight new schools is €100 million.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn warmly welcomed the contracts signing for the new schools, thanking the European Investment Bank for their €50 million loan support.

"This is very good news for the communities in counties stretching from Donegal to Waterford who have been waiting for their school building projects to be given the green light," he said on Monday.

"I am particularly pleased that the European Investment Bank has again decided to support the Department's schools capital investment programme with a loan of €50 million which will assist in funding this investment. It is a further signal of the bank's renewed confidence in the Irish State and our recovery programme."

The projects will employ up to 1,100 people, which in addition to all the site operatives will include architects, engineers, contracts managers and quantity surveyors. A new school for Athlone Community College was first given government approval back in 2008.

For more local reaction to the news, check out this Wednesday's Westmeath Independent.

Stay up-to-date with the latest news from around the county with a Westmeath Independent epaper subscription from €2.20*

Group Publications

Your Forum
    Cookies on Westmeath Independent website
    We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Westmeath Independent website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time by amending your browser settings.
    How does Westmeath Independent use cookies?
    Cookies enable us to identify your device, or you when you have logged in. We use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain basic features. We use cookies to enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences, for example. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our website to provide you with a better user experience.
    We don't sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).
    Hide Message