Education Minister Michelle McIlveen has cut the first sod on a new 700 pupil school for Ulidia Integrated College in Carrickfergus.
esc are Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors on this significant £25m new school as part of the Hamilton Architects’ Integrated Consultant Team.
The new 3-storey 10,314m2 facility will accommodate pupils in 43 classrooms on the school’s existing site. Construction will be phased and the new school building, state-of-the-art 3G pitches and PE facilities will be delivered first.
Speaking at the event the Minister said:
“I welcome this £25million investment which represents a significant milestone for Ulidia Integrated College. Once completed this new school will provide much needed education benefits for pupils, staff, teachers, parents and for the wider community.”
The scheme was first announced as a project to receive funding from the Fresh Start Programme in March 2016.
Michelle McIlveen continued:
“Schools are very much the hub of any community. I am certain that this investment will have a major impact on the wider local community, promoting good relations and creating many positive outcomes.
“Ongoing investment in our schools’ estate is essential if we are to continue to deliver a high quality education for all our young people as well providing a boost to the local economy and securing construction jobs.”
Acknowledging the work of the school and its stakeholders in bringing the project to this stage, the Minister concluded:
“I would like to thank everyone involved in this project for their hard work and commitment in getting it to this stage. This is a good day for everyone at Ulidia Integrated College and I am pleased that I could be here to celebrate this occasion with the school. I wish the pupils, staff and the school management every success as they embark on this exciting new chapter.”
OHMG Ltd were appointed to carry out construction works which began on 12 September 2022 and are due to complete in summer 2024.
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