On 2 June 2010, the Department of Education & Skills announced the signing of the contract for the provision of six new schools with Macquarie Partnerships for Ireland (MPFI). These six schools provide places for over 4,700 pupils and make up the second bundle of PPP schools projects delivered under the Department’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) Programme.
Athboy Community College is part of this second bundle of PPP Schools. As part of the PPP team Sisk were involved in the project from concept stage and worked with the project team to develop the design and provide a fixed price lump sum at close of tender
The new school is created from the amalgamation of two schools, St JosephÆs Secondary School and St. James Vocational School, to form one main post primary facility accommodating 950 students. The two storey post primary school accommodates 21 classrooms, 39 specialist classrooms, special needs unit, library, staff/administration areas, sports hall, store areas, toilets and ancillary areas. The development is designed to ensure best possible value in terms of education, organisation, operation, extended use for the community and sustainability.
The development along with the school consists of the provision of a full size GAA pitch, 6 hard surface playing areas, vehicular/pedestrian access, car park, cycling parking areas, bus and car park set down areas. The total gross floor area of the school is 9,973sq/m.