Fast Track Schools Programme

Fast Track Schools Building Programme

Callaghan Engineering were successful in being appointed to Lot 4 of the ADAPT ’18 programme for construction of schools.

Lot 4 includes extensions to St. Conleth’s in Newbridge (both Primary and Infant Primary schools),  St. Mary’s boys Primary School in Maynooth, and a Special School in Navan. Both Newbridge and Maynooth involve extensions to existing schools with some refurbishment of, and integration with, existing facilities.

Callaghan Engineering have worked closely with the design teams to identify an optimal solution in each case and to present it to the Department of Education and Skills. The Navan project involves total replacement of the existing school. This will present significant engineering challenges on a congested site while still meeting all current TGD requirements. Where possible existing equipment will be salvaged for re-use. The schools are due to be completed mid-late 2018.

Schools Bundle 5

Schools Bundle 5

Callaghan Engineering are the M&E engineering designers for Bray Primary and Post-Primary schools and Wexford Post Primary schools which form part of Schools Bundle 5 PPP. The three schools have a total constructed cost in excess of €30 million. Each is designed to achieve a BER rating of A2 and incorporate renewable technologies such as photovoltaic cells, rainwater harvesting and LED lighting throughout.

The Bray school also contains a Special Needs Unit which requires particular design approach to fully accommodate and maintain in a safe environment the students who will use and benefit from the facility. The schools are due to be completed in late 2017.

Ashton School

Ashton School

This new type 3 post primary school build consisted of a three storey school building which is situated adjacent to the existing old grammar school (Ashton House) on the east side of the site. The school site is located at Blackrock Road, Cork.

The existing west wing of the Ashton building was refurbished to accommodate administration, pastoral and storage areas with a corridor linking it to the west side of the new school. The existing PE hall building was also refurbished as part of the overall project.

This new school will cater for 525 pupils and 44 staff and have an overall floor area of 3951m2, which includes a ground floor, first floor and second floor. The ground floor consists of 8 number teaching spaces including Home Economics, Dress Design, Music and Drama, Social Studies, Construction Studies, Metalwork and Technical Graphics rooms.

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Ashton School

The first floor includes 5 number standard classrooms, Multimedia, Library, Guidance and Science Laboratory rooms while the second floor consists of 4 number standard classrooms, Art and Crafts, Business, Commerce and Computer, Mathematics, Science Laboratory, Demonstration Room and Lecture rooms. Administration, storage and toilet areas are common on all floors.

Callaghan Engineering were engaged to carry out the full mechanical and electrical design services from the design stages through to the construction on site. This post primary school was completed in 2013.

Holy Spirit School, Kilkenny

Holy Spirit School, Kilkenny

This new school is located on a site adjacent to the existing EPA Building on the Callan Road, Kilkenny, and is a “special needs” school with an overall floor area of 2,688m2. It will cater for 78 pupils and 50 staff.

Following the appointment of Callaghan Engineering by the Department of Education and Science as the Mechanical and Electrical consultants for the project, official team meetings with the Department’s architects took place in late 2006 to develop strategies for the Mechanical and Electrical packages.

Holy Spirit School, Kilkenny
Holy Spirit School, Kilkenny

Due to the special needs of the pupils, all the mechanical and electrical outlets were to be flush mounted or recessed in the wall so as to avoid any sharp edges in the classrooms and corridors. Lighting levels in classrooms and therapy rooms was also considered and taken into account.

Planning permission was granted in early 2007 and work started on site in 2008. The project was completed in August 2009.