€25 million redevelopment approved for Limerick city school

Architect's impression of the redevelopment at Coláiste Mhichíl, Sexton Street.

A €25 million redevelopment for a city centre school has been granted planning permission by Limerick City and County Council.

Coláiste Mhichíl CBS will be provided with new classrooms, specialist teaching spaces, social spaces and a special education needs unit while retaining the protected structure that fronts on to Sexton Street.

The three-storey over basement building was constructed in 1888, while an adjoining two-storey building has been standing since 1865.

Extensions to the school built in the 1970s and 80s will be demolished to make way for the new development, while the main school building will be conserved and renovated.

A new sports hall will be built as part of the plans which will feature changing facilities and a fitness suite. The installation of solar panels will also form part of the redevelopment.

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Ancillary site works will also take place, including car parking facilities at the western side of the site, a redesign of the open space to the front of the school, and the realignment of the entrance gate located on the Western corner of the site, opening on to Roxboro Road.

School Principal Denis O’Connor stated: “The new school building will provide state of the art educational facilities for both the students and staff of Coláiste Mhichíl.We are delighted that the Department of Education has given such significant backing to the project.”

The project will now go to tender for construction with ground to be broken by the end of the year.