Students atDroghedaGrammar School in County Louthwill celebrate a new addition to the school when they return for the Autumn term in September 2012.
An exciting €2.6 million project has seen the existing school undergo substantial refurbishment works, whilst the extension will house a range of additional state-of-the-art facilities including a library, IT room, design and communications room and a music department. Additional facilities will include two classrooms, two lecture rooms, six offices, two sets of toilets and a staff room.
Works have included the complete strip-out and rewiring of the existing school, along with the installation of new heating systems. The modern extension features blockwork and Kingspan roofing and adheres to all of the Department of Education & Skills (DoES) standards.
The project is the result of eighteen years of hard work by Principal Richard Schmidt and has been funded by the DoES. Works began onsite in June 2011, with Manley Construction as the main contractor and McKevitt Associates as the architect.
Principal Richard Schmidt commented:
“It has taken eighteen years to get this building from the plans to the site, and in this time the student population has grown considerably. We currently have 250 students on roll, and the new extension will increase this capacity to 350.
“The school will serve both our students and the wider community, as there may be opportunities for community events in the evenings. Although we may be a private fee-paying school, we are very keen to remain involved with the general public.
“I am pleased to report that the project has run relatively smoothly to date, and we hope to continue this level of progress. We have been very pleased with the architectural design team and the main contractor and are very excited to see the project finally come into fruition.”
DroghedaGrammar Schoolwas founded by Erasmus Smith under Royal Charter in 1669 and is one of the oldest secondary schools inIreland. Originally a boys’ boarding school, it has now been a co-educational boarding and day school for over fifty years.
Spread across 18 acres in a beautiful rural setting, the school already boasts a range of impressive facilities. These include a large classroom block with high tech computer rooms, three tennis courts, five playing pitches, an artificial turf pitch and a large gymnasium with four badminton courts and full-sized badminton and volleyball courts.
The school offers a comprehensive after school activities programme that includes chess club, cooking for fun, sports, choir and car mechanics.
The project is scheduled for completion in August 2012, just in time for the new school year.