Weir cuts first sod on £28.7million new build for St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon

Date published: 13 September 2016

Education Minister, Peter Weir, has cut the first sod on new build at St Patrick’s Academy in Dungannon.

Around 1,300 pupils will be accommodated in the new voluntary grammar school which is expected to be completed by summer 2018.

Speaking during the visit, the Minister said:

“Today represents a key milestone for the school. On completion, the new Academy will provide much needed, state of the art, education facilities for the pupils, teachers, parents and the broader community.”

St Patrick’s Academy was established in September 2003 following the amalgamation of St Patrick’s Girls’ and St Patrick’s Boys’ Academies.

Peter Weir said:

“Ongoing investment in our schools estate is essential if we are to continue to provide a high quality education. As well as the investment in our schools estate it also helps the local economy and secures construction jobs.

“I would like to thank everyone involved with this project for their hard-work and commitment in taking the project to this point. I wish everyone well for the future and look forward to visiting when the build has been completed.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. Tracey Brothers Ltd, Enniskillen are the appointed contractors.
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