Comeragh College, Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary – BAM Schools Bundle 4 PPP


Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary, Ireland


BAM / National Development Finance Agency (NDFA)




Site Area: 6.6597 Ha; School Building Area: 6,485 m2


Completed 2016

Key Numbers:

Providing 500 new Secondary School pupil spaces

Awards / Nominations:

‘Operations and Asset Management’ Category, for the Irish BIM Innovation Awards 2016.


The design of the school marked Ireland’s first use of BIM which included full facilities management, on Public Project – and was additionally part of Schools Bundle 4, which won an award in the ‘Operations and Asset Management Category’ category, for the Irish BIM Innovation Awards 2016.

The new 500-pupil school evolved and progressed through a considered Design Development – each item of which made the Design Team question and evaluate the stage it was at, and ask ‘is there another / better way of achieving this?’. This was particularly enabled by the use of BIM technology from the outset. This allowed the Team to focus on a design for which Education informed every part – while exploring with BIM offered a very clear understanding of functionality, sustainability and structural implications. Finishes were also chosen with the best possible knowledge of their Whole-Life Cost; and the design sought to maximise natural daylight and designed to maximise natural ventilation.

Importantly, the design is highly accessible for all users and fully Part M 2010 compliant; while the Design Team adopted building services strategies that allow flexible use and zoning. Thought was placed into the creation of a space with ease of passive supervision, helping reduce anti-social behaviour and bullying; and which offer staff a variety of ways of organising and encouraging learning, through a variety of spaces that are multi-use and ‘fit for purpose’ including storage.

Furthermore, the buildings location on the site generally addressed primary issues such as car parking and prioritising pedestrians, drop-off facilities etc., and the general enhancement of the same.

The video below displays a pre-construction Building Information Modelling (BIM) 3D fly-through, side-by-side with post-construction drone footage of the school – showcasing BIM technology, and the process’s capabilities, and advantages, towards visualising projects, before they progress to construction: