Carrick’s new school building to start in December

Building work on the new Comeragh College Community School is expected to start by early December following the withdrawal of an appeal against the planning permission granted to the multi-million euro project.

Building work on the new Comeragh College Community School is expected to start by early December following the withdrawal of an appeal against the planning permission granted to the multi-million euro project.

Tipperary Education and Training Board (TETB) says archaeological investigations are currently taking place on the green field site for the new campus at Tinvane on the Pill Road with construction scheduled to begin at the end of November or beginning of December.

The school will take about 18 months to build and is expected to be ready to welcome its first students in September 2016.

Comeragh College’s Board of Management received planning permission from the former Carrick-on-Suir Town Council for the new school in April but the decision was appealed to An Bord Pleanala by Debbie Brophy. She withdraw her appeal at the end of August.

“The withdrawal of the planning appeal allows the project to go ahead as normal,” said TETB Assistant Principal Officer Frank Bermingham.

The two-storey school will be built as a Public Private Partnership between the Department of Education and National Development Finance Agency. BAM PPP are the company awarded the contract for the project. The school will be built to cater for 500 students and will include 16 specialist classrooms, 11 general classrooms, a PE hall, general purpose hall, a Special Needs Unit, a 48 space car park, five ball courts and GAA playing pitch.