St Brigid’s College in Callan is to receive a major refurbishment including the building of new specialist classrooms and facilities, following a €4.6 million investment from the Department of Education and Skills.
Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has confirmed to the Kilkenny People that the major redevelopment is to be formally approved by next October, by which time the project will be submitted for planning permission. A design team, lead by Bluett & O’ Donoghue Architects of Kilkenny, will now work with the Board of Management to develop the most appropriate scheme development for the school.
Principal of St Brigid’s College Pat Power said he is delighted with the announcement.
“We have been working hard for the last number of years to get funding to improve facilities of our school,” he said.
“We have an excellent design team and the building sub committee composed of John Bambrick (BOM) and Kay Morrissey chairperson (BOM) and myself have worked very closely with them to meet our schools needs and have as good a learning and teaching environment as possible for our students and teachers.”
The main elements of the proposal include the renovation and upgrading of the existing secondary school building, two new science labs, two new art rooms, a maths room, business/computer room, multimedia room, library, new classroom and lecture room, the upgrading of all other class facilities, a new general purpose area and kitchen facilities.
There are also plans for new classrooms, specialist rooms, a new school entrance, staff and office facilities within the Scoil Mhuire national school building. It is hoped that there will be an extension to the general purpose hall, and a new general purpose area linking the existing school and the national school building, which it is hoped will improve circulation and socialisation in the school.
It will provide a new focal point and centre for the school, and there will also be a new main entrance.
The initial stage one design process has now been completed, with a view to having planning application documentation ready later this year. Currently, sketch scheme proposals are being finalised in line with Department of Education and Skills requirements.
Minister Phil Hogan also welcomed the news this week in his constituency.
“This major redevelopment for St Brigid’s College, Callan is indeed excellent news for students, parents and teachers, and is testament to the hard work of the principal Pat Power and his Board of Management led by Kay Morrissey over the last number of years to obtain the necessary funding for these works to improve the facilities at the school,” he said.
Subject to planning permission and all things going well, it is hoped to commence building in 2014.