Over 500 jobs to be created as council invests £35m on new Craigavon leisure centre
The building of a new £35m leisure centre in Craigavon will create more than 500 jobs over the next two years, it has emerged.
And Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough (ABC) Council said the centre's construction would deliver around £6.5m in direct wages to the economy.
Farrans Construction, part of Irish construction giant CRH plc, has been awarded the deal to build the site at South Lake.
Julie Flaherty, lord mayor of ABC Council, said: "Our council is dedicated to showcasing our borough as an ideal location for working, investing and visiting.
"The South Lake leisure centre project ticks all those boxes - we are providing fantastic career opportunities for young people through one of the biggest flagship projects we have seen in this region in a decade."
Students in the area have been invited to the site to learn about opportunities in the construction sector.
Jordan Lappin, a joinery student at Southern Regional College, said: "It was great to hear about the training and skills development opportunities. The apprenticeships, in particular, are great for students like me."