A large secondary school in Co Cork is to undergo a €5.5m extension which will enable it to more than double its original intake of pupils.
Davis College has applied to Mallow Town Council to build a standalone extension of over 5,000sqm, which will allow it to cater for an additional 625 pupils.
The school opened 13 years ago and was built to house 450 students.
But its popularity and the population growth in the area meant pupil growth exceeded expectations and by next September, 700 pupils will be enrolled.
The increase in young families in the area has been steady and the Department of Education forecast that additional room was needed at Davis College in the years ahead to accommodate even more pupils.
The department informed the Cork Educate Together Board (ETB), which took over the running of the school from the former Cork County VEC, that a major extension was needed and the planning application is a result of this.
The new building will house 35 classrooms, laboratories, administration rooms, social areas, and a special needs education unit. It will be constructed adjacent to the existing building and linked to it via a corridor.
Meanwhile, the ETB, in conjunction with a nearby Gaelscoil, is to lodge an additional planning application with Cork County Council for a new access road.
Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Noel O’Connor, who is chairman of the college’s board of management, said in order to avoid traffic congestion into the future it had been decided to apply for permission to upgrade Sexton’s Boreen to serve as an alternative access road into the college and gaelscoil.
He described the €5.5m project as good news for all the students and teachers at Davis College.
“It’s a substantial investment in Mallow town and a boost as the town council and Mallow Chamber seek to bring new industry to the town and thereby increase employment,” he said.
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