Almost £225,000 investment for schools in East Antrim

Date published: 21 October 2016

Three schools in East Antrim are set to benefit from £224,400 investment under the Department of Education’s minor works scheme.

Education Minister Peter Weir

Speaking about the investment, Education Minister Peter Weir said:

“Recent capital funding of £224,400 has been made available to three schools in the East Antrim area since June 2016. Glenann Primary School, Cushendall has benefited from funding of £114,500 for a replacement mobile classroom, £97,900 has been approved for DDA pupil specific modular POD scheme at Carrickfergus Grammar School and £12,000 capital funding has also been made available for a traffic management system at St Nicholas Primary School, Carrickfergus.

“It is estimated that over £51million will have been invested in the minor works programme in the 2016/17 financial year. This investment will enable improvements to be carried out across the schools estate, positively impacting on pupils, teachers and school staff.”

Minor works are projects less than £500,000 and range from minor improvements to more significant projects and extensions.

In conclusion the Minister said:

“I am confident that the substantial investment in minor works projects will help in the drive to improve educational standards.  The completion of all of these works will ultimately provide better facilities for our children and young people to learn in and an improved working environment for teachers and other school staff.  This ongoing significant investment also provides a boost to our local construction industry, helping to sustain jobs.”

Notes to editors: 

1. The contracts were awarded to:

  • Maghera Developments, Castlewellan - Glenann PS, Cushendall
  • CPD MTC – St Nicholas PS, Carrickfergus
  • JDC Joinery & Building Works, Cookstown – Carrickfergus Grammar School

2. Minor works are projects less than £500,000 (excl. VAT) ranging from minor repair to more significant work projects and extensions.

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