Belfast Telegraph

Tyrone firm builds 27 schools for the start of new term

A Tyrone construction company has handed over the keys to 27 new school buildings it has completed in locations across the UK and Ireland ahead of the start of term.

Coalisland-based Western Building Systems employed 650 people in 23 locations, working on nursery, primary and secondary schools, special needs units and sports halls. The projects were worth £31.5m in total and will house 7,500 pupils.

Projects include an €11.5m (£9.8m) Luttrellstown educational campus in Dublin, an €8.5m (£7.25m) new school campus at Portlaoise, three new schools in Cork worth €9m in total (£7.68m), as well as three schools in London and one in Coychurch, Wales.

Declan McCloskey, operations director for Western said: "We have had a very busy few months ensuring that these buildings could be completed before the beginning of the new school term.

"Western has a proven track record in delivering on price, design and programme – and in fact, we often finish major projects ahead of schedule."

The company said it typically invests over 70% of the contract value into local labour and services on a given project. It's also been awarded a place on the National Development Finance Agency Devolved Schools Programme and is currently included on the Department of Education and Skills' Framework for Rapid Build Schools 2013-15 and the UK Government Procurement Service's Framework for hospitals and school buildings.

Belfast Telegraph

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