Work begins on new £12million school for Mill Strand Integrated Primary

Date published: 19 April 2023

Dr Mark Browne, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Education, has cut the first sod on a new 14 class primary school and double nursery unit for Mill Strand Integrated Primary School in Portrush.

Pictured with Dr Mark Browne are Principal, Philip Reid, Chairperson of the Board of Governors, Louise Rossington, representatives from the building contractors and pupils from the school

The project represents an investment of over £12million from the Fresh Start Programme, supported by the UK Government.

Welcoming the £12million investment, Dr Browne said: “Ongoing investment in our schools’ estate is essential if we are to continue to provide a high quality education that our teachers and young people deserve. As well as the investment in our schools’ estate, it also helps to boost the local economy and secure construction jobs.

“I am certain that this investment will have a significant impact in supporting children in their learning and promoting positive relations in the local community.”

Acknowledging the work of the school and its stakeholders in bringing the project to this stage, the Permanent Secretary concluded:

“This is a great day for everyone involved at Mill Strand Integrated Primary School and I am pleased that I could be here to mark the occasion. I wish the staff and school management every success for the future in their new facilities.”

Works on the site began in late February 2023 with final construction works due to complete in late spring 2024.

Notes to editors: 

  1. McAdam are the Integrated Consultant Team on the project. Lowry Building & Civil Engineering Ltd were appointed to carry out the construction works which are due to complete in late spring 2024.
  2. The Fresh Start funding forms part of the UK Government's commitment, as part of the Fresh Start and Stormont House agreements, to deliver up to £500million of new capital funding over 10 years to support shared and integrated education.
  3. The scheme was first announced as a project to receive funding from the Fresh Start Programme in March 2016.
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