The first sod has been cut on a new school build for St Patrick’s Primary School in North Belfast.
The project, which will see the completion of a new school building as well as outdoor play and parking provision, represents an investment of £11.4 million by the Department of Education.
Speaking at the sod cutting ceremony the Education Minister, Peter Weir acknowledged the work of the school and its stakeholders in bringing the project to this stage.
The Minister said: “This is an important day for St Patrick’s primary school as it celebrates the start of construction work on a brand new school.
“This is a significant investment which will benefit pupils, staff and school management.
“I appreciate the patience and determination shown by the entire school community since the original announcement was made.
“To have reached this key milestone, celebrating the start of the physical school build, is a credit to you all and I would like to wish you every success as you embark on this new chapter.”
The new build scheme was first announced in June 2014.
Woodvale Construction Ltd were appointed to carry out the main building works which are due to complete by the end of June 2021.
Notes to editors:
- Follow us on Twitter @Education_NI
- Media enquiries to the Department of Education Press Office Tel: 028 9127 9207. Out of office hours, contact the Duty Press Officer on 028 9037 8110 and your call will be returned.
- Ministers support cyber security message to protect children and young people online 11 February 2020
- Education Minister opens anti-bullying young people’s forum 07 February 2020
- Consultation on proposed update to nutritional standards for school food 30 January 2020
- 23 January 2020