Over £659,000 investment for schools in West Belfast

Date published: 26 October 2016

Four schools in West Belfast are set to benefit from £659,418.10 investment under the Department of Education’s minor works scheme.

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Speaking about the investment, Education Minister Peter Weir said:

“Recent capital funding of over £659,000 has been made available – for works at four schools in the West Belfast area. The refurbishment of the school meals kitchen at St Mary’s Christian Brothers Grammar School has an approved cost of £418,700, St Colm’s High School will benefit from £176,718.10 to refurbish the Art Department, St Joseph’s Primary School car parking and traffic management scheme will benefit from £60,000 capital funding and £4,000 has been approved for provision of outdoor storage container at Good Shepherd Nursery School.

“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:

  • Aughrim Building Contracts – St Colm’s HS
  • CPD MTC – St Joseph’s PS
  • Kelly, McEvoy & Brown - St Mary’s Christian Brothers GS
  • CPD MTC - Good Shepherd NS

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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