Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A MULTI-MILLION euro investment for Knockbeg College is on the way after planning permission for a complete renovation and extension of the college was granted last week.

Tenders for the work will be advertised this week and construction work is due to start later this year. The badly-needed investment has been mooted over the last decade. There are no radiators in some classrooms, while parts of the college, which was founded in 1793, show all of their 200 years.

Principal Michael Carew described the development as “great news” for Knockbeg College, which has 385 students, 28 teachers and six auxiliary staff.

“For the children in the school, it will mean that they will get proper teaching facilities in a proper classroom environment. The teaching has been second-to-none here but now we will have the facilities to match the ambition of the students, their families and teachers.”

The works will see the renovation of three existing buildings at Knockbeg College, both interior and exterior. There will be a new general-purpose hall, including a musical suite, a double autism centre, a sports hall, a technology suite and a science block.

The construction process is expected to last 18 to 24 months. Mr Carew said the new builds would progress quickly but the renovation of protected structures on site would take longer due to the meticulous nature of the work.

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By Michael Tracey
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