SI.9 stops Summer Works for schools in 2015!

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SI.9 stops Summer Works for schools in 2015!

Summer Works projects for schools throughout the country in 2015 are now on hold as a result of the introduction of SI.9 earlier this year and its impact on the capital spending budget for the Department of Education. This type of work is the life blood of many small rural M+E engineers, structural engineers and architects as well as small to medium sized building contractors. This news come not come at a worse time for these regional SMEs. Funding of €70 m for 770 schools was available in summer 2014.

It appears that the unforeseen cost of having to pay additional Design and Assigned Certifier fees to the larger, mainly Dublin-based, design consultancies for large school projects has used up the funds available. In addition it is reported by Niall Murray in  today’s Examiner that Education Minister, Jan O’Sullivan T.D., has confirmed that € 35.5m has not been spent during 2014 due to delays on projects caused by the new Building Control Regulations (Link:).

The building control regulations that came into force in March meant tender documents had to be significantly revised, adding at least two to three months to the time it takes projects to move to construction stage. The Minister advised this funding would be re-allocated instead to the new Grangegorman Campus for the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Fianna Fáil education spokesman, Charlie McConalogue T.D., said that this movement of funding would mean no summer works scheme allocation next year. The news will also be met with disappointment from pupils, teachers, parents, backbench T.D.s and the CIF.

In previous posts the BRegs Blog raised the issue of whether SI.9 was needed at all for school projects and pointed out the likely impacts with delays and cancelled projects.

Useful Links:

Schools to suffer as Minister ignores Essential Works Scheme:

Is SI.9 necessary for Public Sector projects:

SI.9 causing major delays to school projects:

Examiner – € 35.5 m unspent as Building Control Regulations delay school projects:

Summer Works 2014 Budget:

6 thoughts on “SI.9 stops Summer Works for schools in 2015!

  1. Shane Coffey

    What about the get-out option of SI 105 for school projects? Is there any reason why this wasn’t implemented for these school projects?

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  2. Shane Coffey

    What about the get-out option of SI 105 for school projects? Is there any reason why this wasn’t implemented for these school projects?

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  3. Paul Lee, Dip. Arch., B. Arch. Sc. (Architect & Non-Member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland)

    Is the government, in cahoots with the RIAI trying to bring the country to a complete standstill? What am I missing here?

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  4. Paul Lee, Dip. Arch., B. Arch. Sc. (Architect & Non-Member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland)

    Is the government, in cahoots with the RIAI trying to bring the country to a complete standstill? What am I missing here?

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  5. Andrew Alexander MRIAI

    Correct me if I am wrong however with regard to Mr Shane Coffey’s comment did I see in a recent post that the paperwork associated with SI 105 is so cumbersome as to be a deterrent?

    School construction really stands out as a building category negatively affected by the SI.09 requirement to be completely finished before occupation (along with the self builders).This point has been made many times on this blog.

    The gun to the head of the certifier will be to get that cert signed and lodged by the beginning of term. Few other building types (if any) have such a stark requirement to be finished by a certain defined date.

    Personally speaking I have only ever had one comparable experience – the completion of a 28 week contract for a theatre stage and flytower refurbishment where the tickets for the first show (Riverdance) went on sale on the very day the contractor occupied the site and commenced demolition!

    Such a scenario would surely now be impossible under Si.09. Or would it? The Regulations have been amended however I have seen little of a public education campaign to make clients aware of the the new onerous obligations and as for builders they merely have to build in accordance with the drawings – so no reform there.If anything it has become less onerous for the builder.

    ‘Have you got that Cert uploaded yet?’ is going to be a standard question uttered at site meetings as the company directors put pressure on their ‘site engineers’ to get the portacabins uprooted and moved on to the next job.

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  6. Andrew Alexander MRIAI

    Correct me if I am wrong however with regard to Mr Shane Coffey’s comment did I see in a recent post that the paperwork associated with SI 105 is so cumbersome as to be a deterrent?

    School construction really stands out as a building category negatively affected by the SI.09 requirement to be completely finished before occupation (along with the self builders).This point has been made many times on this blog.

    The gun to the head of the certifier will be to get that cert signed and lodged by the beginning of term. Few other building types (if any) have such a stark requirement to be finished by a certain defined date.

    Personally speaking I have only ever had one comparable experience – the completion of a 28 week contract for a theatre stage and flytower refurbishment where the tickets for the first show (Riverdance) went on sale on the very day the contractor occupied the site and commenced demolition!

    Such a scenario would surely now be impossible under Si.09. Or would it? The Regulations have been amended however I have seen little of a public education campaign to make clients aware of the the new onerous obligations and as for builders they merely have to build in accordance with the drawings – so no reform there.If anything it has become less onerous for the builder.

    ‘Have you got that Cert uploaded yet?’ is going to be a standard question uttered at site meetings as the company directors put pressure on their ‘site engineers’ to get the portacabins uprooted and moved on to the next job.

    Reply

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