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Over £10million investment in schools estate from July to September 2014

17 October, 2014 - by John O'Dowd

Schools across the north are benefiting from over £10million investment under the Education Minister John O'Dowd's minor works scheme.

Speaking about the investment, Education Minister John O’Dowd said: “In the second quarter of this financial year a total of 131 minor works projects amounting to more than £10million were agreed across all board areas. This investment will enable improvements to be carried out across the schools estate, positively impacting on pupils, teachers and school staff.” 

Minor works are projects ranging from minor repair to more significant work projects and extensions. Investment includes £300,000 to replace the fire alarm system at Knocknagoney Primary School, Belfast; over £450,000 for new changing rooms at Fort Hill Integrated College, Lisburn; over £490,000 for a multi-purpose hall at Bunscoil an Chaistil, Ballycastle; £30,000 for fire risk improvement work at St Eugene’s College, Roslea and £21,500 to upgrade the heating controls at Portadown College.

In conclusion the Minister said: “I am confident that the substantial investment in minor works projects will help in the drive to improve educational standards. The completion of all of these works will ultimately provide better facilities for our children and young people to learn in and an improved working environment for teachers and other school staff. This ongoing significant investment also provides a boost to our local construction industry, helping to sustain jobs.”

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