NEWS that approval has been given for building to start on a €12.5 million extension to Crescent College Comprehensive in Dooradoyle has been welcomed.
The building project will incorporate a full refurbishment of the existing school and the construction of five new science laboratories.
It will be rolled out on a phased basis by the approved contractor Connick, with Thompsons Architects as the Design team. The work is expected to be completed by December 2023.
Principal Diarmuid Mullins says that the project “is a fantastic chance to redevelop our school campus”.
He also thanked the Jesuit Order and its Provincial Fr Leonard Moloney “for their generosity in making a significant financial contribution to the science block project”.
“This underscores the Jesuit Order’s commitment to providing an environment for academic excellence in Limerick.”
Mr Mullins says he wants to put in place the infrastructure, “that will allow all of our students to have the best possible learning environment over the next number of years.”
He added that thanks to the generosity of Crescent College alumni, the school hopes to be able to move to a further stage of campus development which will take place after this project has been completed.
The Principal also expressed his gratitude to the college Board of Management Chair Helen O’Donnell and his predecessor Karin Fleming for all their hard work in progressing this project to the construction stage.
“It is an exciting time for all of present and past students to see the school redevelopment taking place,” he concluded.
Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea described the news as “very important” for the school. He said: “Well done to the Principal, Diarmuid Mullins, the Board of Management and all involved in bringing the project to this stage.”
His Fine Gael Government colleague Kieran O’Donnell said that the extension will be a fantastic enhancement in teaching facilities for the 900 students and teaching staff, particularly in the sciences area.