Kilronan School, Magherafelt

The project will also improve pedestrian and bus access to the site on the south east edge of Magherafelt and deliver additional parking spaces and a new roundabout.

The team selected for the estimated £305,218 contract will draw up plans to extend the single-storey special needs school which originally opened in 1993, has already received several modular expansions and is now in need of further enlargement.

‘Projects are to be delivered in accordance with RIBA Plan of Work Stage 2 – 7 as outlined by the Business Case.  In addition to this, the projects are to be phased completion and delivered by May 2026. This includes obtaining statutory approvals.’

Bids to deliver the upgrade contract will be evaluated 50 per cent on quality, 10 per cent on social value and 40 per cent on cost. Applicants must hold employer’s Liability Insurance of £10 million, Public Liability Insurance of £10 million and Professional Indemnity Insurance of £1.7 million.

Competition details

Project title Appointment of Integrated Consultant Team for Kilronan School – Ref MW20-30116388, MW22-30121285
Client Education Authority
Contract value £3 million
First round deadline 3pm, 1 December 2023
Restrictions Tbc
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Constructed 30 years ago for just 75 students, Kilronan School is a large co-educational and interdenominational special school which has grown to host around 172 pupils and is projected to require further teaching space in the coming years.

According to the brief: ‘The project is for the provision of urgent SEN additional accommodation and new traffic management system Kilronan School, 46 Ballyronan Road Magherafelt BT45 6EN.

The phased project, planned to complete in 2026, will deliver six new classrooms for the school which currently hosts around 172 students ranging from 3 to 18 years old with moderate to severe learning disabilities.