Belfast Telegraph

£55m economic boost for Newry and Armagh

By Margaret Canning

Armagh and Newry are both in line for an economic boost as details emerge of a new £35m college campus and £20m civic centre.

Construction giant Felix O'Hare, based in Newry, is set to employ 200 staff on a construction project for a £35m college campus development in Armagh.

Work is starting this month on the site at Lonsdale Road, which is to be ready for occupation by Southern Regional College in 2020.

The new campus, designed by WYG Group, won planning permission earlier this year. It will feature around 12,000 sq m of specialist accommodation.

SRC and the Department for the Economy plan to invest around £95m on developing three new campuses at Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon over the next four years.

And in Newry today, plans will be announced by Newry, Mourne and Down Council to invest £20m in a civic centre.

The council plans to replace sites on Monaghan Row and Greenbank. A spokeswoman said the project would bring jobs during construction and when the project is complete.

Roisin Mulgrew, chairperson of Newry and Mourne Council, said the scheme would show that the city is open for business.. "We have a unique opportunity to invest in the traditional heart of the city, ensuring we deliver the infrastructure to allow Newry to realise its true potential as a city of importance and deliver greater economic growth and opportunities for everyone." But the council said it has not identified sites and instead, wants to hear from developers whose land could be suitable. It is also reviewing its own land and asset bank.

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