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On 29 September 2005, the Minister for Education & Science announced a Schools Programme to provide 27 new schools (23 post primary and 4 primary schools in 22 locations). The aim of the Schools Programme is to deliver new schools in rapidly developing areas, to replace existing schools with new accommodation and provide new accommodation for schools that are an amalgamation of existing schools. The schools are to be delivered by way of Public Private Partnership contracts.
The Second Bundle consisted of six schools on five sites in counties Cork (a primary and post primary school sharing a single campus), Limerick, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath, providing accommodation for approximately 4,700 students.
Work commenced on the five sites in June 2010. All six schools were completed ahead of the respective Target Service Commencement Dates; the last of the schools was certified in October 2011 ahead of the Target Service Commencement Date of 03 November 2011.
|Sanctioning Authority||Department of Education & Skills|
|Financial Adviser||BDO / NDFA|
|Legal Adviser||Arthur Cox|
The project was handed over to the NDFA for procurement in May 2008. A contract notice was published in the OJEU on 20 May 2008. Following an evaluation of all the received expressions of interest, the authority short-listed the following three consortia on the 11 September 2008: –
Tenders were received from the shortlisted candidates on 1 July 2009 and following evaluation, Pymble Schools Ltd. was appointed preferred tenderer in early October 2009.
Following completion of the required statutory processes and a closed funding competition, Pymble Schools Ltd. was awarded the contract on 2 June 2010 with the European Investment Bank, Bank of Ireland and NIBC providing the project funding.
Sodexo Ireland Ltd, the facilities management company engaged by Pymble Schools Ltd, is providing operation and maintenance services including cleaning, maintenance, energy management and life-cycle replacement services.