St. Etchen’s National School, Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath


Three Phase project involving the Construction of new two storey 8 classrooms Building with GP room, admin areas and link Corridors to the existing School, Refurbishment of existing 12 classroom school with alterations to existing, removal of temporary accommodation and completion of site development works.

External Work

Construction of new ball court, car park and bus set down plus all associated drainage and hard scape works.


Ground stabilizing stone piling with strip foundations and RC columns and precast ground floor construction.


All new Electrical and Mechanical installations to both new and existing school plus new Eircom and LGP Gas supply.

Environmental Aspects of the project

Due to the ground conditions on site the new build foundations were constructed using piled foundations – this minimised the excavation and resulting disposal requirements off site. Additionally the siteworks were completed early in programme in order to create and assist in maintaining a clean site and avoid contamination of surface water and local road.The refurbishment of the existing school involved strip out of existing ceilings and partitions – all waste materials were segregated and recycled where appropriate and send for recycling.


External insitu concrete frame with Blockwork infill, with Kingspan roof panels on both timber and steel frame trusses, precast 1st floors and double glazed aluminium external windows and doors.


Render external plastering with internal Fair Face block work all with painted finish, Oak finished internal door sets with window liners, skirting and architraves. Vinyl floor finishes, fitted furniture to classrooms to DOES spec.

H & S

The daily monitoring of all construction works with particular consideration to the health and safety of children parents and teachers in respect of the duties been carried out on each day. Separate pedestrian access routes were formed to the existing building and a suitable decant period was allowed to populate the new build prior to commencement of the existing building phase. Separate vehicle traffic route was set out and managed to ensure no cross over with site traffic.

Particular Challenges

Management of traffic on access routes to the site in both vehicular and pedestrian within a town centre site, separation and phasing required as the site abounded 2 live National school campus and all the associated risk issues with the site. Maintenance of live service to the existing building during the works and targeted works during the shutdown period to avoid disruption to the school users was critical to the successful completion of the project.