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O’Dowd highlights £4.4million investment in the schools estate

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Education

Schools across Northern Ireland will benefit from approximately £4.4million investment in the coming months under the Minor Works Scheme. 

Speaking about the investment today, Education Minister, John O’Dowd said: “Since January this year, £23.8million has been allocated to minor works contracts with £4.4million being invested in 42 contracts during the month of June. 

“This ongoing investment in the schools estate is having a positive impact on pupils, teachers and school staff and provides a much needed boost to the construction industry at what is a challenging time for local firms.” 

Minor works contracts awarded during June include the refurbishment of the kitchen and/or dining areas at Irvinestown Primary School, Enniskillen and Harmony Primary School, Belfast. Also, car parking facilities at Cloughoge Primary School, Newry; alterations to a classroom for a nursery unit at St Patrick’s Primary School, Dungannon and special needs adaptations, including flagging, fencing and kerbing at Ballymena Academy.

During the past year 40 new school building projects were given approval to proceed representing a potential investment of £353million. The Minister said: “These major projects obviously generate a significant amount of interest and have a positive impact not only on those individual school communities but also on the local economy. However, in addition to these more high profile projects, it is important to note that there continues to be investment in the schools estate on an ongoing basis.” 

The Minister continued: “I am confident that the ongoing substantial investment in the minor works programmes will help in the drive to improve educational standards. The completion of these works will ultimately provide better facilities for our children and young people to learn in and an improved working environment for teachers and other school staff.”

Notes to editors:

1. Minor Works contracts awarded during June (over £100k):-

a. Kilcoan Primary School, Larne – replacement of existing mobile with toilets - £123,950
b. Harmony Primary School, Belfast – kitchen refurbishment - £225,000.
c. St Aidan’s Primary School, Belfast – kitchen refurbishment - £135,000
d. St Matthew’s Primary School, Belfast – kitchen refurbishment - £250,000
e. Holy Trinity Primary School, Belfast – kitchen refurbishment - £225,000
f. Ballinamallard Primary School, Enniskillen – refurbishment of main entrance and toilet extension - £285,549
g. St Conor’s Primary School, Omagh – Fire Risk Assessment works - £177,000
h. Limavady Grammar School – refurbishment of Physics and Technology Departments. - £345,640
i. Armstrong Primary School, Armagh – classroom extension and redesign of two smaller classrooms - £221,222
j. Killean Primary School, Newry – replacement of double mobile - £214,700
k. Rathore Special School, Newry – classroom extension and additional storage - £198,000
l. Ceara Special School, Lurgan – two classroom extensions and improvements to car parking - £399,000
m. St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon – fix roof; removal of mobile; tarmac flagged area - £183,112
n. Cairnshill Primary School, Belfast – refurbishment of school meals accommodation - £147,832
o. St Bernard’s Primary School, Belfast – refurbishment of school meals accommodation - £125,791
p. De La Salle High School, Downpatrick – refurbishment of school meals accommodation - £169,734

2. The Department of Education’s ‘Education Works’ campaign encourages families to play, talk, read and count with their child and to ‘Get Involved Because Education Works’. The campaign highlights the vital role families can play in helping children do well at school and improve their life chances. Visit for more information.

Watch the TV ad on the Department’s YouTube channel:

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