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Carrickmore firm starts education campus site clearance work after 5.8m contract awarded

Thursday, 13 April 2017

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SITE preparation work at the Strule Shared Education Campus (SSEC) has started and the 5.8 million contract is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

The contract for the work has been awarded to Fox Building and Engineering Ltd, Drumnakilly Road, Carrickmore. This site work will set the basis for the main building works due to begin late 2017.

Operations, which have just started, will include ecology protection, site clearance, earthworks to adjust the site to required levels and on site infrastructure works.

"As a locally-based firm, Fox Building and Engineering Ltd are extremely proud to be involved in the Strule Shared Education Campus programme. The site preparation contact will provide opportunities for local suppliers and valuable employment for our local workforce. We are fully committed to the 'Buy Social' clauses agreed in our contract and look forward to providing a range of work opportunities as we deliver this project," said a spokesman for the company.

The SSEC programme involves significant capital investment into the construction of six core schools (five post-primary and one special school) and associated shared education facilities on a 140-acre former military camp in Omagh, to cater for the needs of more than 4,000 pupils. 

 The schools involved are Arvalee School and Resource Centre, which is already up and running, Christian Brothers Grammar School, Loreto Grammar School, Omagh Academy Grammar School, Omagh High School, and Sacred Heart College.

Each school will retain their individuality and ethos whilst maximising the opportunities provided through collaboration and sharing. The Strule Campus will act as a pathfinder to a wider programme of shared education capital projects which are being developed here. 

 The SSEC programme is making significant progress. The campus remains on schedule to open in September 2020. Arvalee Schoiol and Resource Centre opened last September. The design phase in relation to the remaining five schools will conclude in April 2017. A public exhibition of the designs will be programmed for the later in the year.

Another key component of the development is the Strathroy Link Road and the award of the contract for it is expected soon.

A spokesman for the Department of Education said it continues to engage with the school principals on a weekly basis covering various topics associated with the development of the campus and individual schools and updated designs of the project will be made available at a public exhibition later in the year.

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