Education Minister marks the start of site work on a new £20.7million school for Parkhall Integrated College in Antrim
Education Minister John O’Dowd has joined teachers and pupils at Parkhall Integrated College in Antrim to celebrate the beginning of site works on a £20.7million new school build project.
The project, funded through the Department of Education’s Capital build programme, will see pupils being educated in a new purpose built two storey school on a single site at Steeple Road. The completed work will also include two football and one rugby pitch on the site of the existing Parkhall (Steeple Road site) school, as well as a new synthetic pitch and five new tennis courts.
Minister O’Dowd met with teachers and pupils before joining them on site to cut the first sod.
Speaking during his visit, Minister O’Dowd said:
“I am delighted to be at Parkhall Integrated College on what is a very exciting day for all of its pupils and staff. This significant £20.7million investment will allow the College to move from its current spilt site arrangement to a brand new purpose built school that will welcome pupils through its doors from September 2017.
“This is a significant investment and one which will not only bring benefits to the school and its pupils, but will be a boost to the local community and businesses. I commend the partnership working already evident between Parkhall, the Education Authority and the contractor and I wish you well in taking the project forward.”