The New School

Students outside the brand new school. The project has been 12 years in the making, and Mr. Duffy is delighted that it is coming to an end, however he admitted to some nostalgia when the demolition began.

Work on the new premises is estimated to have cost in the region of €7 million and will be complete in time for the new school year in September.

The school was built in the 1970s and has seen thousands of boys through their secondary school education.

It had begun to dis-improve in the years prior to the funding being granted for the new build, with parts of the building starting to crumble.

While staff and pupils had hoped to be in the new school by last December, a portion of the roof slabs came down and delayed construction in May 2010, with the site temporarily shut down until the problem was solved.

The project has been 12 years in the making, and Mr. Duffy is delighted that it is coming to an end, however he admitted to some nostalgia when the demolition began.

A new sports hall will be built on the site of the old building, with work starting at the end of the summer. IT WAS the end of an era for many pupils and past pupils of Presentation College Bray last Friday, when work began to demolish the original school building.

‘A lot of memories in that building,’ said one former student. ‘It’s strange that it will soon be gone.’

Principal Gerry Duffy announced in December 2009 that the deteriorating building would be knocked down following construction of a brand new school.

Work on the new premises is estimated to have cost in the region of €7 million and will be complete in time for the new school year in September.

The school was built in the 1970s and has seen thousands of boys through their secondary school education.

It had begun to dis-improve in the years prior to the funding being granted for the new build, with parts of the building starting to crumble.

While staff and pupils had hoped to be in the new school by last December, a portion of the roof slabs came down and delayed construction in May 2010, with the site temporarily shut down until the problem was solved.

The project has been 12 years in the making, and Mr. Duffy is delighted that it is coming to an end, however he admitted to some nostalgia when the demolition began.

A new sports hall will be built on the site of the old building, with work starting at the end of the summer.

Source: Bray People (13th July 2011)