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St Josephs Primary School Carnacavill

The Big Build

The Big Build
The Big Build
 
 
Our building partners
Our building partners
 
 
Look!  We made the Front Page.
Look! We made the Front Page.
 
The Minister of Education visits the site
The Minister of Education visits the site
 
Cormac and Bronagh help dig the foundations
Cormac and Bronagh help dig the foundations
 
How many builders does it take to hold a sign? :)
How many builders does it take to hold a sign? :)
 
A panoramic view so far.
A panoramic view so far.
 
The steelwork went up quickly
The steelwork went up quickly
 
Laying the slabs on the ground floor
Laying the slabs on the ground floor
 
View from the bottom of the site
View from the bottom of the site
 
 
Moving the roofing panels into place.
Moving the roofing panels into place.
 
 
 
This used to be Mrs O'Gallagher's Office.
This used to be Mrs O'Gallagher's Office.
 
This used to be the computer suite.
This used to be the computer suite.
 
There was once a toilet here.
There was once a toilet here.
 
Susan, our Project Manager is camera shy.
Susan, our Project Manager is camera shy.
 
This will be Mrs Doyle's room
This will be Mrs Doyle's room
 
Someone put a hole where there wasn't one before.
Someone put a hole where there wasn't one before.
 
This will be the new Primary 7 room.
This will be the new Primary 7 room.
 
A new outside door for the Primary 1 room.
A new outside door for the Primary 1 room.
 
This will be the new entrance hall.
This will be the new entrance hall.
 
Removing a window from our old hall
Removing a window from our old hall
 
This is the old fire exit from the hall.
This is the old fire exit from the hall.
 
All the old outside plaster has to be removed as these will become inside walls.
All the old outside plaster has to be removed as these will become inside walls.
 
Outside walls finished.  Nice.
Outside walls finished. Nice.
 
Our new sports hall.  All 160 sq. metres of it.
Our new sports hall. All 160 sq. metres of it.
 
It's beginning to look like a proper school.
It's beginning to look like a proper school.
 
This will be the new kitchen.
This will be the new kitchen.
 
The new Primary 2 room
The new Primary 2 room
 
The new Primary 1 room
The new Primary 1 room
 
Look, new doors into the playground.
Look, new doors into the playground.
 
And new back doors.
And new back doors.
 
The Big Build Project Team hard at work making sure everything is finished on time.  Ian seems to be enjoying his tea!
The Big Build Project Team hard at work making sure everything is finished on time. Ian seems to be enjoying his tea!
 
Lights on and walls painted.
Lights on and walls painted.
 
Johnny and Andy busy hanging doors.
Johnny and Andy busy hanging doors.
 
Computer cabling being installed in the resource area.
Computer cabling being installed in the resource area.
 
kerbing in the new car park.
kerbing in the new car park.
 
All the footpaths are set, ready for concrete.
All the footpaths are set, ready for concrete.
 
 
Stage one of the new entrance wall.
Stage one of the new entrance wall.
 
Hardcore going down for the road.
Hardcore going down for the road.
 
I wonder what the view is like up there?
I wonder what the view is like up there?
 
This will be a classroom, but at the moment it's Johnny's workshop.
This will be a classroom, but at the moment it's Johnny's workshop.
 
Preparing the walls for the final coat of paint.
Preparing the walls for the final coat of paint.
 
The new foyer is skimmed and the ceiling goes up.
The new foyer is skimmed and the ceiling goes up.
 
Doors on and undercoated.  Just the flooring left.
Doors on and undercoated. Just the flooring left.
 
Footpaths and kerbing nearly complete.
Footpaths and kerbing nearly complete.
 
The final coat of paint on the ceilings
The final coat of paint on the ceilings
 
Top soil for the planting beds.  Who parked that digger there?
Top soil for the planting beds. Who parked that digger there?
 
Car Park and footpaths ready for the first coat of tarmac
Car Park and footpaths ready for the first coat of tarmac
 
 
A tidy site. There's that digger again!
A tidy site. There's that digger again!
 
Tarmac arrived from early morning.
Tarmac arrived from early morning.
 
No wheel barrows on this job.  Just proper machinery.
No wheel barrows on this job. Just proper machinery.
 
Tarmac perfectly level. Darren's digger photo bombing again!
Tarmac perfectly level. Darren's digger photo bombing again!
 
Not bad for one Day.
Not bad for one Day.
 
Darren, the ground works man. Happy at his work.
Darren, the ground works man. Happy at his work.
 
Granite sets perfectly laid out. (One of the rare times Darren is out of that digger :)
Granite sets perfectly laid out. (One of the rare times Darren is out of that digger :)
 
The boys from the black stuff.
The boys from the black stuff.
 
There is no shortage of men on this job.
There is no shortage of men on this job.
 
The wooden floor men started early today.
The wooden floor men started early today.
 
Tiling started in the Foyer.
Tiling started in the Foyer.
 
Circles in the floor.  There is maths everywhere!
Circles in the floor. There is maths everywhere!
 
Vinyl going down in the corridor.
Vinyl going down in the corridor.
 
The toilet cubicles arrive.
The toilet cubicles arrive.
 
The flooring men are flying.
The flooring men are flying.
 
Circles done.
Circles done.
 
Nuala's new kitchen.  We are still trying to work out where all this equipment will go.
Nuala's new kitchen. We are still trying to work out where all this equipment will go.
 
Gym floor fitted.  That's one more thing ticked off the list!
Gym floor fitted. That's one more thing ticked off the list!
 
All hands to the pumps.  Aidan Flynn, Managing Director of MFS helps level the stones for the tarmac.  This took him back to his youth, he started on the roads.
All hands to the pumps. Aidan Flynn, Managing Director of MFS helps level the stones for the tarmac. This took him back to his youth, he started on the roads.
 
1st March 2016.  Pupils gather in the new sports hall ready to see their new classrooms for the first time.
1st March 2016. Pupils gather in the new sports hall ready to see their new classrooms for the first time.
 
Primary One are pleased with their new room.
Primary One are pleased with their new room.
 
Primary Three are enjoying the new space.
Primary Three are enjoying the new space.
 
 
Primary Four give a big thumbs up.
Primary Four give a big thumbs up.
 
 
Primary Two having fun.
Primary Two having fun.
 
 
Nuala serves Mrs Murray for the first time from the new kitchen.
Nuala serves Mrs Murray for the first time from the new kitchen.
 
PHASE 2.  No time has been wasted in stripping out the existing school.
PHASE 2. No time has been wasted in stripping out the existing school.
 
Computer room has scaffolding up already.
Computer room has scaffolding up already.
 
The old kitchen laid bare.
The old kitchen laid bare.
 
Internal walls in the old kitchen removed,windows blocked up and the floor being broken out.
Internal walls in the old kitchen removed,windows blocked up and the floor being broken out.
 
New floor being laid in the old kitchen (New Staffroom)
New floor being laid in the old kitchen (New Staffroom)
 
The old infant toilets get pulled out.
The old infant toilets get pulled out.
 
Everything is stripped out to create the new senior pupils toilet block.
Everything is stripped out to create the new senior pupils toilet block.
 
This is the remains of the old staff toilet
This is the remains of the old staff toilet
 
Digger moves in to begin the removal of P2/P4 mobiles.
Digger moves in to begin the removal of P2/P4 mobiles.
 
The rock hammer makes short work of the concrete ramp.
The rock hammer makes short work of the concrete ramp.
 
Breaking way the ground at the mobiles to allow them to be lifted out.
Breaking way the ground at the mobiles to allow them to be lifted out.
 
The crane arrives.
The crane arrives.
 
 
The sections are split.
The sections are split.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
First section loaded.
First section loaded.
 
 
 
 
Last one.
Last one.
 
Up and away
Up and away
 
 
Damien breaks a new door in to the old P1 class.
Damien breaks a new door in to the old P1 class.
 
The roof goes on what will be a new resource area.
The roof goes on what will be a new resource area.
 
Creating a window in Mrs O'Gallagher's new office. Conor has become very camera shy.
Creating a window in Mrs O'Gallagher's new office. Conor has become very camera shy.
 
The new resource area for P6 and P7.
The new resource area for P6 and P7.
 
Damien has the door finished.
Damien has the door finished.
 
Bringing in services to the resource area.
Bringing in services to the resource area.
 
The old dinner hall begins to be divided up. This is the link corridor between the new extension and the existing school.
The old dinner hall begins to be divided up. This is the link corridor between the new extension and the existing school.
 
The boss has arrived on site to make sure the new offices are laid out correctly.
The boss has arrived on site to make sure the new offices are laid out correctly.
 
More dividing walls.
More dividing walls.
 
The serving hatch is closed up in the old hall and a corridor created.
The serving hatch is closed up in the old hall and a corridor created.
 
The new offices are taking better shape.
The new offices are taking better shape.
 
The old P1 boys toilets.  Soon to become bright new senior boys toilets.
The old P1 boys toilets. Soon to become bright new senior boys toilets.
 
Skimming the walls in the P6/7 Resource Area.
Skimming the walls in the P6/7 Resource Area.
 
Darren begins to forms the new footpaths.
Darren begins to forms the new footpaths.
 
Plastering finished and new ceiling grids are up.
Plastering finished and new ceiling grids are up.
 
There's that Digger photobombing again.
There's that Digger photobombing again.
 
Trimming out begins.
Trimming out begins.
 
Painters prepare the skirting boards
Painters prepare the skirting boards
 
Mrs O'Gallagher's office is skimmed out.
Mrs O'Gallagher's office is skimmed out.
 
This will be the Principal's new office.
This will be the Principal's new office.
 
Door frames up and ceiling tiles begin to go in.
Door frames up and ceiling tiles begin to go in.
 
This will be the new P6 room
This will be the new P6 room
 
The old P6/7 mobiles get ready to leave.
The old P6/7 mobiles get ready to leave.
 
P6 watch on as their old room is removed.
P6 watch on as their old room is removed.
 
Steady now!
Steady now!
 
1st section clear.
1st section clear.
 
 
 
 
 
That's one loaded, just another three.
That's one loaded, just another three.
 
Half of the P7 room.
Half of the P7 room.
 
 
Someone left a hole where there wasn't one before.
Someone left a hole where there wasn't one before.
 
Someone left the toilet door open!
Someone left the toilet door open!
 
Just one to go.
Just one to go.
 
All gone.
All gone.
 
This will leave great space for a new playground.
This will leave great space for a new playground.
 

I am delighted to say that our Big Build project is well underway.  Maurice Flynn and Sons successfully won the tender process and the project officially began on 19th January with a completion date of April 2016.  This development marks the beginning of a new chapter in the life of Carnacaville and will provide well deserved modern facilities for our pupils.

 The plans a available to view on http://bigbuildcc.com/

The builders carried out major structural works in the existing building over the summer and are moving well with the extension. 

Because of the inevitable disruption that accompanies a project like ours, there will be unavoidable changes to how we normally do things and to routines in school.  I know we can rely on your support and understanding during the remaining months of the build.

Visit our school website to keep up to date to see pictures as the building develops.