14 December 2015
By Tom O’Sullivan
New 35 Room Extension to House 1,000 Students
Minister Sean Sherlock TD performed the official ‘turning of the sod’ at St. Colman’s Community College in Midleton, marking the commencement of construction on the site of a new €10 million extension.
The new two storey, 5,640 square metre extension will adjoin the existing school building and will include 35 new classrooms, engineering workshops, science laboratories, music rooms, communications graphics rooms, business and computer facilities, arts and crafts room as well as a brand new two story sports hall complete with changing facilities and a Special Education Needs Unit. The new extension will accommodate 1,000 students at the school when completed.
St. Colman’s Community College serves the second level education needs of the greater Midleton area and is under the trusteeship of Cork Education and Training Board.
“I’m delighted to officially turn the sod on this progressive extension for St. Colman’s College. Midleton is a rapidly growing hub and the creation of these additional enrolment spaces as well as the outstanding facilities will benefit the whole community. It is important to note that this construction will not only benefit the school community, but will also have a large impact on the local economy. I look forward to seeing the construction progress in 2016,” said Minister Sean Sherlock TD,” said Minister Sean Sherlock TD.
“Student enrolments at the St. Colman’s currently stand currently at just under 750; once this multi-million extension is completed, the school will have capacity for 1,000 students,” said Ted Owens, Chief Executive, Cork Education and Training Board.
“The delivery of this significant extension build in December 2016 will provide the school with superb facilities that will benefit the students enormously,” he added.
The Design Team is headed by Healy Partners Architects, Limerick and the contractor is Sammon Contracting Ireland Ltd, Co. Kildare.