Bulletin No. 5

SMC Redevelopment Project

Date: Monday, 8th February, 2016

As we start Week 23 of the 2015/2016 school year I’d like to provide further updates on recent progress with our redevelopment project.

The weather has been a big issue in the last two weeks with rain and very strong winds hindering progress, however, I’m sure you will agree, there has been very substantial progress since the last report.

The main activities on site in recent weeks could be summarised thus:

  • Blockwork is continuing in the teaching block and has recently started in the single storey block
  • Formwork & Concrete to columns in teaching block is complete and two columns remain to be completed in the single storey block
  • Electricians are progressing with the installation of containment and wiring in the existing school
  • The attenuation tank in Templeroan carpark has been dug out and filled with stone
  • The excavated material is being spread on site to lift the levels of the road area

Progress to date:

  1. Teaching Block
  • Rising Blockwork to ground floor 98% complete
  • Backfill to floors 98% complete
  • Radon barrier to ground floor 98% complete
  • Mesh and insulation to ground floor 98% complete
  • 1st floor beams formwork & rebar 55% complete
  • Concrete to 1st floor beams 55% complete
  • Concrete to stair core 2nd floor to roof of plant room 100% complete
  • Concrete to stair landings and beams 0% complete
  • Blockwork ground to 1st floor 70% complete
  1. Single storey block:
  • Foundations 98% complete
  • Rising Blockwork to ground floor 98% complete
  • Structural columns 90% complete
  • Backfill to floors 98% complete
  • Mesh and insulation 98% complete
  • Blockwork 5% complete
  • Roof beams 10% complete

          Area 3

  • Foundations 90% complete
  • Rising blockwork 90% complete
  • Backfill to floors 90% complete
  • Radon barrier 90% complete
  • Mesh and insulation 90% complete
  • Blockwork 0% complete

          Site works

  • Underground ducting 50% complete
  • Attenuation area 50% complete

For the visuals, please check out the website! Photographs are regularly updated and give an excellent picture of progress to date.

I regret to say that we have had some complaints regarding the ignoring of the ‘No Right Turn’ signs at the entrance to Ballyboden St Enda’s Sports Grounds.

It is vitally important that all who use BBSE’s carpark, to drop off and pick up their daughter/s from school, please do so in a responsible manner and put the safety of all students, staff, parents, guardians and the general public at the top of their agenda as they enter and leave the grounds.

Can I appeal, once again, to all users of Sancta Maria College and BBSE drop off and parking facilities to be mindful of the safety of our students and also the safety of the students of both Coláiste Éanna and Scoil Naomh Pádraig as they negotiate the property. Please put their safety at the top of your priority list. Pedestrians, as of course you know, are much more vulnerable than anyone in a vehicle of any kind and please, even if annoyed/exasperated at a student’s failure to act responsibly, never let your response put them in danger. We will instil in them, as I know you do as parents/guardians, the need for vigilance and also for thoughtfulness for drivers, however, as the adults in their lives please be constantly mindful of their safety as you use our car parking facilities. Please drive slowly through the neighbouring residential areas, as you approach the College and as you enter/exit the Ballyboden St Enda’s carpark.

As stated in my earlier letters, the safety of everyone in the school community and in the building compound is our number one priority and with continued patience and understanding from everyone who uses the carparks/entrances/exits/driveways etc I know that both the construction, the redevelopment work and teaching and learning can continue with minimal disruption to all. Thank you again, one and all, for your understanding and assistance with this and apologies for the minor, unavoidable frustrations that present along the way.

Le gach dea-ghuí

Gerardine Kennedy