Fifteen schools from across the north will be built as part of an investment in the order of £170m the Education Minister John O Dowd has told the Assembly.
John O’Dowd provided an update on his capital programme and named the schools which are to benefit. The Minister said:
“All across the north there are a range of schools which are in dire need of investment. Unfortunately that need far exceeds the funding available. Therefore the schools benefiting today represent the highest priority projects which have successfully come through a rigorous selection process.
“My Department’s strategy for capital investment into the foreseeable future will remain focussed on supporting the development and delivery of a network of viable and sustainable schools, set firmly in the context of ‘Schools for the Future: A Policy for Sustainable Schools’ and shaped by the outworking of the area planning process.
“I remain resolute in ensuring that my investment plans will also focus on providing a first class education experience. In developing my investment plans for the schools’ estate, it is incumbent on me to balance the limited capital resources made available to me against the scale of investment needed across, what can only be described as a wide and diverse schools’ estate.”
The list of projects which are to proceed is as follows:
Drumlins Integrated PS,
BallynahinchGaelscoil na gCrann,
OmaghIveagh Primary School,
RathfrilandRoe Valley Integrated PS, Limavady
Scoil an Droichid, Belfast
A new build for the combined St Mark’s/St Luke’s Primary Schools, Twinbrook
A new build for the recently amalgamated St Patrick’s PS, Belfast
Woodburn Primary School, CarrickfergusPost-Primary Schools
Cullybackey High SchoolDunclug High School, Ballymena
Lismore Comprehensive, Lurgan
Methodist College, Belfast: This project is not a rebuild of the entire school but will cover the refurbishment of ‘A’ Block and the School House.
A new build for the combined Monkstown High School/ Newtownabbey Community High School
St. Joseph’s High School, Crossmaglen
St. Killian’s College, Carnlough
The Minister also provided an update on the 40 other major capital projects which are underway across the schools’ estate. He said:
“While some of these are at an early stage of development, one of these projects is complete, seven are currently on site and eight are expected to move on site before the end of the financial year. I also continue to invest across the estate through the 51 schools’ enhancement projects currently in design and through the minor capital works programme which addresses a range of infrastructure issues including health and safety, fire safety and other statutory obligations.
Concluding the Minister said:
“Today represents good news for schools and for their communities. It is also good news for the economy. With £170m of capital investment this will be a welcome boost for the construction industry over the coming years.”