The Irish Minister for Education and Skills Jan O'Sullivan T.D. has announced the consortium led by BAM PPP has been selected as the preferred bidder for the Schools PPP Bundle 4.
The winning consortium is formed by: BAM PPP PGGM as equity provider; BAM PPP as project manager, BAM Building Ltd. as contractor, and BAM FM Ireland Ltd as FM service provider.
The team beat out competition from two other consortia that were also shortlisted in mid november 20013:
Minister O'Sullivan stated:
I am delighted to announce that, subject to the satisfactory outcome of the planning process, and the conclusion of the remaining stages in the procurement process, it is intended that construction will commence in first quarter of 2015 and the new schools will be available from second quarter of 2016. I am conscious of the importance of this project to each of the communities in which the schools are located. Taken together this project is providing nearly 3,000 new, state-of-the-art school places.
The project will be developed on a design, build, finance, and maintenance basis for a period of 25 years. Total investment is estimated at about €65 million. The details of the schools are as set out below:
- St Josephs Secondary School, Tulla, Co Clare: to provide a new replacement secondary school for 650 students including a special education needs suite on a greenfield site.
- Comeragh College, Carrick on Suir, Co Tipperary: to provide a replacement post-primary VEC college for 500 students, including a special education needs suite, on a greenfield site.
- Skibbereen Community School, Co Cork: new post primary school for 900 students, including a special needs suite, arising from amalgamation of three schools in the area.
- St Mary's College, Dundalk, Co Louth: new replacement secondary school for 900 students on the site of the existing school.