Work begins again at controversial Newbridge school building site

Site shut down last December over certification row

Conor McHugh


Conor McHugh


Building work begins again at controversial Newbridge school

The building site at St Conleth's Community College is back open. Picture: Tony Keane

After a four month hiatas, construction work has started again at St Conleth’s Community College in Newbridge, with an estimate that its extension should be ready by September 2018.

Kildare and Wicklow Education Training Board has said that problems experienced by the main building contractor in producing mandatory certifications caused the work’s closure before Christmas, but that these matters have now been resolved.

However, Sam Deacon of Drumderry Precast whose concerns had lead to the witholding of certification in the first place, said he has not heard from any of the other parties involved since the site was closed.

Mr Deacon, who was a sub contractor on the project, learned in September 2016 that concrete beams and columns, which form part of the supporting skeleton of the new school extension, were built and supplied using his company name, without his knowledge or permission. This lead him to withold certification.

KWETB Acting Chief Executive Rory O’ Toole said that the work restarting is a great relief to the organisation and for the school community in St Conleths CC.

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