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Minister signs design contract for the Lisanelly Shared Educational Campus

22 March, 2010 - by Caitríona Ruane

Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, today signed a £3.2million contract with Bovis Lend Lease to begin the design of the proposed Shared Education Campus in Omagh.
The Minister said: "The Department, supported by Strategic Investment Board Ltd, has reached a significant milestone in the development of a shared educational campus in Omagh. The Exemplar Design Team will shortly begin to work with the schools and the local community to begin the process of working up design proposals for the Lisanelly site. This is an extremely important milestone for the Department, the Omagh schools and the wider community.

"Many of the post-primary schools in Omagh are in need of major capital development. Through co-location of the existing schools on the Lisanelly site, this landmark project offers a unique opportunity to provide state-of-the-art facilities for every school – buildings, grounds and playing facilities of the highest quality. Each school will retain its own identity, distinctiveness and ethos, while benefiting from enhanced shared facilities and operating within an environment of collaboration, sharing, tolerance, inclusion and promotion of mutual respect and regard.

"An intensive period of work lies ahead of us as the parents, pupils and teachers engage with the design team to begin to create and shape their educational campus. This phase of work will bring this project to life and show to the people of Omagh what a shared campus could look like. This is their opportunity to become involved in a unique project that can change the way in which education is delivered for the children of Omagh in the future."

The Minister went on to say: "Lisanelly and the shared education campus, is a major prize for the community of Omagh and the surrounding areas and will have a positive impact on every aspect of life. It is a unique opportunity for Omagh and one I would urge it to grasp with both hands.

"I would like to thank everyone involved with the project, in particular Monsignor Joseph Donnelly and Reverend Robert Herron, for their hard work and commitment."

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