DESIGNS for the proposed new Tullamore College have been accepted by the Department of Education and have now been submitted for full planning permission much to the delight of the staff, students and parents.
The project will involve the demolition of all existing buildings and the construction of the new school to the front of the site. The present building will be in use until the new building is ready to occupy. It will then be demolished and tennis and basketball courts will be built on the site of the former school.
The plans for the impressive new school show that it will be a two storey building surrounding a courtyard. The moving of the building will also allow the reorientation of the school pitch to make it a full size GAA pitch.
The ultra-modern school will be built to cater for 675 students with provision for future extensions. The state of the art college will house 14 General Classrooms, a Lecture room, a Music/Drama room, a Religion room & Meditation area, a Mathematics room, 2 Social Studies rooms, 3 Science laboratories, a Demonstration room, 2 Art rooms, 2 Home Economics Rooms, 2 Business/computing rooms, 2 Technical graphics/Cad rooms, 2 Construction Studies rooms,2 Engineering rooms, a Guidance Suite, a Library, a new Gymnasium and Fitness Suite as well as the necessary Pastoral Offices, Staff room, First Aid Room etc.
Mr Edward McEvoy Acting CEO welcomed the long awaited news and expressed his thanks to the staff of the Department of Education Planning Unit particularly the Technical Manager Mr Larry McEvoy.
The CEO thanked Senator John Whelan for his interest in and assistance with the progression of the rebuilding of the College. Senator Whelan visited the college last week to view the plans of the new building. Mr McEvoy also paid tribute to the members of the Parents’ Council down through the years who worked hard to keep the project alive.
The College Principal Ms Beatrice Quirke said that she was delighted with this progress and was looking forward to the development of the school and said that on behalf of staff, students and parents she would like to thank all those involved in helping us reach this stage.
Senator Whelan stated that “it is encouraging that the Tullamore College project is finally ready to go to planning as it has been left languishing for far too long. I hope that the planning process can proceed without any further impediment and that the impressive school re-building can go to construction at the earliest possible opportunity.
He added, “Tullamore College, through the dedication and commitment of its staff and parents has maintained a strong reputation in somewhat adverse physical circumstances. It should not have taken 10 years to get the re-building plans to this stage but the project is now high on the Department’s priority list. I will continue to work with Offaly VEC, the Principal and parents to ensure that the school re-building is expedited and is brought to an early successful conclusion for the benefit of the entire community once planning permission has been granted.”
See this week’s Offaly Express for an artist’s impression of the plans