Over £500,000 investment for schools in East Londonderry

Date published: 25 October 2016

Several schools in East Londonderry are set to benefit from £541,216.07 investment under the Department of Education’s minor works scheme.

Education Minister Peter Weir

Speaking about the investment, Education Minister Peter Weir said:

“Capital funding of over £541,000 has been approved for works at four schools in the East Londonderry area since June 2016.  £281,745.08 has been approved for an electrical review of Drumachose Primary School, Limavady and refurbishment of two classrooms, St Canice’s Primary School, Dungiven will benefit from £164,998.99 for toilet refurbishment works and additional new build storage provision, St Patrick’s & St Brigid’s College, Claudy will benefit from £80,972 to refurbish toilet facilities and £13,500 has been approved to convert the library to a general classroom at Rossmar School, Limavady.

“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:

  • Drumachose PS, Limavady – Cleary Contracting Ltd
  • St Canice’s PS, Dungiven – O’Hanlon Bros Construction Ltd
  • St Patrick’s & St Brigid’s College, Claudy – Term Service Contractor: IMAC ESS, Dungiven
  • Rossmar School, Limavady - Term Service Contractor: IMAC ESS, Dungiven

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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