New beginning for Rowandale Integrated Primary School

Date published: 02 May 2024

Construction work has officially started on a new £9million build at Rowandale Integrated Primary School, Moira.

Education Minister with Principal Frances Hughes and pupils at Rowandale Integrated PS, Moira
Education Minister with Principal Frances Hughes and pupils at Rowandale Integrated PS, Moira

The investment from the Fresh Start Programme will provide a new, modern primary school with 14 classrooms and nursery unit accommodating over 340 pupils.

Welcoming the start of the project at a sod cutting ceremony, Education Minister Paul Givan said:

“Today marks the start of an exciting new era for Rowandale Integrated Primary school as work officially begins on their new school build.

“The significance of this £9million investment will be reflected in the many benefits it will deliver for pupils, school staff and local families. This major project will provide modern new facilities which will help to create a positive learning environment for young people.”

The scheme was first announced as a project to receive funding from the Fresh Start Programme in March 2016.

The Minister concluded:

“Schools are the hub of any community, and this investment will have a major impact on the wider local area by creating positive outcomes for many years to come.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in this project for their hard work and commitment in getting it to this stage.”

Construction on the site began in January 2024 and is due to be completed in late summer 2025.

Notes to editors: 

1. Hamilton Architects are the Integrated Consultant Team on the project.  Connolly & Fee  Ltd were appointed to carry out the construction works.

2. The Fresh Start funding forms part of the UK Government's commitment, as part of the Fresh Start and Stormont House agreements, to deliver up to £500m of new capital funding over 10 years to support shared and integrated education.

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