Weir welcomes progress on new build for Enniskillen Royal Grammar School

Date published: 19 January 2017

Education Minister, Peter Weir has welcomed a further milestone being reached in the project to deliver a new school building for Enniskillen Royal Grammar School.

This follows the completion of a technical feasibility report on site options for the new school.

Peter Weir said:

“Indications from this piece of work are that the preferred site option will be on the former Portora Royal School site. The preferred option will be confirmed once the business case is complete which I expect to happen within the next few months. As soon as the business case is agreed, we will be able to procure a design team to move this project forward.

“This is good news for teachers and pupils who are currently operating across two sites since the school opened in September 2016. A considerable amount of work remains to be done before the new school will open, however I am committed to delivery of the project which will move the new school onto a single site.

“While it is not possible to be definitive about timescales at this early stage, my officials and the school are working to progress to the construction phase of the project as soon as possible.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. A new build project for Enniskillen Royal Grammar School (then Portora Royal School and Collegiate Grammar School) was announced in 2013.
  2. Work on the project was delayed while the new school was created but has been progressing well over the last year.
  3. The Department has now completed its technical feasibility work on a number of site options identified.This work suggests that the former Portora Royal School site will be the preferred location for the new school with confirmation subject to finalisation of the business case and the relevant statutory approvals.
  4. Work on the business case will now continue to confirm the preferred option following which the procurement process to appoint a design team will commence.
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