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Competition: NI School Enhancement Programme

Lurgan Model Primary School
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Education Authority NI is recruiting design teams for £48 million of school improvement projects

The organisation responsible for education in Northern Ireland has announced a dozen separate contracts worth around £250,000 each to upgrade 12 primary, secondary and special schools. Each project is worth an estimated £4 million and will involve either refurbishment, reconfiguration, extension or a stand-alone new-build extension.

The contracts cover Thornfield House School, Carniny Primary School, Sandelford School, Sperrinview Special School, Lurgan Model Primary School (pictured), Lurgan College, Beechlawn School, Longstone School, Greenhaw Primary School, Killyleagh Integrated Primary School, Knockevin Special School, and Roddensvale School.

The projects are the latest to emerge from the non-departmental body’s School Enhancement Programme which started around six years. The dozen schemes were among 25 announced in May as part of the £60 million second tranche of the programme, featuring schemes ranging from £500,000 to £4 million in value.

Announcing the selected projects, permanent secretary Derek Baker said: ‘The purpose of the School Enhancement Programme is to ensure that we provide the best possible education estate for our children and young people, within the budget that is available.

‘With this in mind, I have given approval to progress the first 25 projects through the business case, design and planning stages. These projects will attract a potential £60 million investment which will help to improve and expand the existing facilities in the schools.’

Integrated consultant teams chosen for the contracts will be expected to include a project manager, architect, quantity surveyor, mechanical and electrical services engineer, civil engineer and structural engineer and principal designer.

The deadline for applications is 13 November for Thornfield House School, Newtownabbey; Carniny Primary School, Ballymena; Sandelford School, Coleraine; Sperrinview Special School, Dungannon; Lurgan Model Primary School, Lurgan; and Lurgan College, Lurgan; 14 November for Beechlawn School, Hillsborough; Longstone School, Belfast; and Greenhaw Primary School, Derry; and 15 November for Killyleagh Integrated Primary School, Killyleagh; Knockevin Special School, Downpatrick; and Roddensvale School, Larne.

How to apply

View the contract notices for Beechlawn School, Hillsborough; Thornfield House School, Newtownabbey; Carniny Primary School, Ballymena; Longstone School, Belfast; Greenhaw Primary School, Derry; Sandelford School, Coleraine; Sperrinview Special School, Dungannon; Lurgan Model Primary School, Lurgan; Lurgan College, Lurgan; Killyleagh Integrated Primary School, Killyleagh; Knockevin Special School, Downpatrick; and Roddensvale School, Larne for more information.

Contact details

Susan McKinney
Education Authority NI
40 Academy Street
Belfast
BT1 2NQ

Email: Suzie.McKinney@eani.org.uk

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