The Department of Education has recently commenced the process of appointing a conservation architect to oversee the design and construction work involved in reinstating the former Athy Model National School building.
The 150-year-old Church of Ireland school was gutted by fire in March 2010. All 100-plus students and staff were relocated to the Athy College, where they are now housed in a new building in the education campus.
Once appointed, the architectural design team will identify and report on the scope of work involved in reinstating the school’s features. “This, in turn, will allow the design team to produce a project timeline for the design and construction stages. It is not possible to estimate the project costs at this time,” said a Department spokesperson.
Cathaoirleach of Athy Town Council Cllr Mark Wall welcomed the news. “I am looking forward to the project and having it done as quickly as possible. There are a number of things to consider now regarding the use of the building, the relocation of the library, along with other interesting proposals, such as a VEC/Fas-type training centre. It is good news that the features will now be repaired and restored.”