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New STEM facilities for 11 Institutes of Technology

The large-scale construction projects will be completed by 2021

Minister for Education, Richard Bruton TD, has today announced details of 11 large-scale construction projects at Institutes of Technology around the country, using Public Private Partnership arrangements.

The projects will enable the Institutes of Technology to accommodate an additional 8,000 students. Most of the new buildings will be geared towards science and technology.

Eleven Institutes of Technology from Letterkenny to Waterford and Cork will benefit under the initiative:

  • New STEM buildings for Athlone IT, IT Tralee, and Galway Mayo IT.
  • IT Carlow will get a science building.
  • Waterford IT will get a new engineering, computing and general teaching building.
  • Limerick IT is to get an applied science and information technology building.
  • Letterkenny IT is to get a library, information technology, and teaching building.
  • IADT in Dublin will get a new Digital Media centre.
  • CIT in Cork is to get a learning resource centre. 
  • Phase two of a teaching block at IT Blanchardstown
  • The second phase of campus development will take place at IT Tallaght.

The state will pay €200m towards the buildings, which will be operated and maintained by private developers for 25 years after their construction. 

The Department of Education said the projects were selected following a detailed assessment, which took account of projected enrolments, capacity to deliver on skills requirements, and the potential of each project to contribute to regional development.

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O'Connor said the ITs had been disproportionately affected by the fall-off in capital investment over the past decade. Minister for Education Richard Bruton said the announcement marked a turning point for state investment in the sector. 

The 11 projects will be procured by the National Development Finance Agency but it will be some time before they get underway. Tenders are expected to issue towards the end of next year. The Department hopes the first buildings will be ready for use in 2021.

The Department of Education said all proposals will be the subject of ongoing technical appraisal and economic analysis to ensure value for money. It said this process will inform the final scale and scope of each project.

 

The CareersPortal Team

 

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