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13th February 2019

OHMG Providing 150 new Construction Jobs in Banbridge

Up to 150 Construction jobs will have been created as part of the OHMG contract to build the Southern Regional College’s new £15m educational campus at Banbridge.

Managing Director Martin Lennon and Seanie O’Hare, Construction Director, met with senior SRC staff as well as officials from the Department of Education as the first phase of the major works got under way on the Castlewellan Road.

The scheme is due to be completed next year.

The new purpose-built campus forms part of a £95 million investment by SRC and the Department for the Economy to create three new state-of-the-art educational campuses across the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon area.

The Banbridge site comprises of specialist accommodation and will facilitate a dedicated Learning Resource Centre and an innovation hub space to support entrepreneurial and business enterprise as well as industry-leading digital media facilities.

Brian Doran, Chief Executive at SRC, said:

“This exciting new project, forming part of a wider £95 million investment will dramatically improve the quality of education provision in Banbridge, provide quality facilities that will deliver an outstanding student experience and an unrivalled local environment for learning, teaching and collaboration with all our local businesses.”

Providing a wide range of full and part-time courses through to degree level, the Banbridge campus will also house a new, dedicated centre for multimedia and digital design – a first-of-its-kind for the area.

“By creating outstanding educational spaces and resources, Southern Regional College will continue to lead in the provision of local Further Education and Higher Education opportunities for thousands of local students, boosting economic growth and helping to build a brighter future for generations to come.”

Representing the Department for the Economy, Beverley Harrison, Director of Further Education, said:

“I am delighted that the plan to deliver a new, state-of-the-art educational campus in Banbridge is advancing well. “The new SRC campus will play a pivotal role in generating greater opportunities while boosting local skills and training provision and improving real choice in education that will help to ensure that everyone can fulfill their true potential. “With close links to businesses, and facilities where students can share ideas to innovate and directly support our key local employers, this significant investment will reinforce our commitment to strengthening links between campus staff, students and the local business community.”

The existing campus and sports facilities, which are on the same Castlewellan Road site, will continue to operate as normal during construction.