Ulidia Integrated College has been given the go-ahead for a new £19m three-storey school in Carrickfergus. esc are providing Project Management and Quantity Surveying services as part of the Hamilton Architects led design team.
The new building, at the school’s existing site, will accommodate 700 pupils and will consist of 43 classrooms in a 10,314sq metre premises. A larger parking and drop off/pick up zone as well as a 3G pitch, basketball court and enclosed grass pitch and hard-surfaced play areas will also be included.
It is expected the building will be constructed over two phases – the new school and pitch, followed by the demolition of the existing building and completion of site works.
The school has been situated at its current location since 2002 following a move from temporary accommodation in Whitehead when it first opened in 1997 with just 63 pupils. Ulidia now has more than 500 pupils enrolled.
Ulidia principal Michael Houston has said previously: “The new 700 pupil school will cater for our current number of pupils, and, whilst it does not increase the size of the school, it will provide much needed state-of-the-art facilities for all of our pupils and staff.”