Plans for a new extension at Saint Eunan’s College have progressed to the next stage of development this week.
The Letterkenny post-primary school, which contains two protected structures, was recently authorised to progress to the Detailed Design stage of its redevelopment.
A Public Consultation process opens tomorrow, Friday, on sainteunans.com, where the school’s Board of Management has published images and a 3-D video to display their proposal for the future development of the campus on College Road.
The existing Protected Structures, including the 1906 Castle, 1933 Linear Extension to the Castle and Chapel, are to be retained and extensively refurbished for general teaching and administrative purposes. This shall include the introduction of a glazed roof over the central keep to provide an internal activity court within the heart of the Castle. A new 2-storey extension shall house General Purpose Rooms, Specialist Teaching Rooms, a Special Educational Needs Suite and Multi-Purpose/PE Accommodation.
The existing single storey teaching blocks, the existing PE Hall and all temporary accommodation shall be removed during the proposed works.
The site shall be landscaped to include an extensive internal vehicular drop-off area for parents, car parking for staff and visitors and 7 new ball courts on the area of the existing hard weather pitch.
The grassed lawn to the Castle frontage shall be preserved and the protected gates and pillars to the original site entrance are to be restored. All areas fronting onto College Road shall be pedestrianised and the open visual approach to the Castle is to be reinstated to its original intention through the removal of the PE Hall.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Donegal T.D., Charlie McConalogue has welcomed news that the school was authorised to progress to Stage 2b – Detailed Design which includes applications for all statutory consents, including Planning Permission, Disability Access Certificate and Fire Safety Certificate and also the preparation of tender documentation.
The Minister commented :“This is fantastic news for Letterkenny and is a testament to the hard work of the school staff, committee, parents and students. The upgraded works will have a huge impact on the school and its offerings and is an important project for Letterkenny and its hinterland”.
Joe McHugh, TD for Donegal added: “This is positive news in their progress through the project, for an extension / refurbishment to bring the current accommodation up to a long term projected enrolment (LTPE) of 1000.”
“Congratulations to Damien McCrory and his team at St. Eunan’s on this positive news and best wishes on this next stage,” concluded McHugh.
Visit www.sainteunans.com for images and details on submitting comments as part of the Public Consultation, which opens from 30th April to 10th May 2021.