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Education Minister announces £10M investment for 4 schools under SEP

News   •   Jan 27, 2017 16:28 GMT

Education Minister announces £10M investment for four schools to begin under School Enhancement Programme (SEP).

Education Minister Peter Weird announced this week that around £10M will be invested in four schools across Ireland, under the School Enhancement Programme (SEP).

Improvement schemes at St Malachy’s College, Belfast, Our Lady’s Grammar School, Newry, St Michael’s College, Enniskillen and Slemish Integrated College, Ballymena have been given approval to move to the construction phase.

The Minister said: “This £10M investment will provide new and improved facilities and accommodation which will enhance the working and learning environment for pupils and school staff.

“Improving the schools estate is a priority for me and the School Enhancement Programme is an excellent way of delivering capital work projects which have an immediate positive impact on the schools, staff and pupils.”

St Malachy’s College, Belfast, will have £2.4M of funding in a project that involves refurbishment and Health and Safety Works to upgrade the heating system to Blocks A, B, Main Block and Music Block; works to stabilise a listed boundary wall, works to improve general site drainage and ground surfaces and the provision of an extension to the Technology and Design Block.

Our Lady’s Grammar School, Newry, will have £3.275M available for the construction of a new standalone extension consisting of three-room Technology and Design Suite, incorporating three general classrooms and refurbishment of existing accommodation to provide a new two room ICT suite, six form study and general classroom.

The £1.07M project at St Michael’s College, Enniskillen, involves the construction of a new floodlit 3G pitch, with a shale athletics area and changing pavilion.

Slemish Intergrated College in Ballymena would see the construction of a new sports hall, a floodlit synthetic pitch, three tennis courts and repairs to an existing rugby pitch, with the cost of the project at £3.082M.

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