CLONAKILTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE BECOMES ‘SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE’
The students of Clonakilty Community College in West Cork are in for a big surprise when they return to school after months of lockdown. Governed by the Cork Education and Training Board (Cork ETB), the West Cork school has recently undergone a state-of-the-art extension, made possible by a significant investment of €10.5 million.
The extensive works, designed by KOBW Architects and carried out by general building contractors Cahalane Brothers Ltd, involved the demolition of part of the existing single story and temporary buildings, followed by the construction of a new two-storey extension, spanning 3,195m².
One of the main features of the new building is a special educational needs base, which can facilitate two classes while also incorporating a central activities space; a practical activities room that assists with the development of daily living skills; a para educational room; a multi-sensory room; and a secure outdoor play area.
The extension also provides 10 additional classrooms, as well as a variety of multidisciplinary rooms, including:
· Two Design and Communications Graphics Rooms
· Two Multimedia Rooms
· Two Science Laboratories
· Two Construction Studies Rooms
· Technologies Preparation Room
· Engineering Room
· Art Room
· Music Room
Denise Maguire Editor of Irish Construction Industry Magazine