L-R: David Rogers (CEO Ganson), Gearoid McHugh (DES), Paul O’Toole (Chair GDA), Fionnuala McHugh (D7ET Principal), Mary Meaney (Chair D7ET Board), Ger Casey (GDA CEO), Simona Castelli (Grafton Architects), Margaret Brennan (DES)*
The new national school for the Dublin 7 Educate Together reached a construction milestone this week as the teaching block topped out. The GDA was delighted to welcome representatives from the Department of Education, the school and the design team to a socially-distanced event on site to meet the contractor Ganson Building & Civil Engineering Ltd to mark the achievement. Ganson brought the group on a brief tour of the teaching block before the group rounded off the the event at the highest point of the building.
The highlight of the event was the arrival of the Junior Infants and their teachers in their class bubble. The Infants got a look at their new school through the site railing and tried out some hard hats while quizzing the contractor about the construction.
The 24 classroom school has been designed by a team led by Grafton Architects and comprises two buildings – the teaching block and the general purpose block – as well as a number of play areas. The teaching block houses the classrooms, Special Needs Unit and special education rooms as well as the administration reception areas. The new school is on programme to be completed in February 2023.
*Facemasks were worn pre and post photo. Social distancing maintained throughout.