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Farrans completes £12m school project in London


Contract: Cathal Montague said the Big Creative Academy was a unique project

Contract: Cathal Montague said the Big Creative Academy was a unique project

Contract: Cathal Montague said the Big Creative Academy was a unique project

Northern Ireland construction company Farrans has completed a £12m contract to build a three-storey school in London.

The building will be used by third level students of the Big Creative Academy in Walthamstow.

The project by Farrans involved building a replacement school for the performing arts, as well as a theatre and café for pupils, staff and occasional community use.

Farrans, based in Dunmurry, had to design spaces for functions including media, make-up classes, music recording, mixing and control rooms.

The three-storey L-shaped teaching block is connected to the theatre, with two double-height performance spaces at either side.

Farrans Construction is part of the Irish construction giant, CRH.

Cathal Montague, regional director at Farrans, said: "Big Creative Academy is a really unique project in the heart of London and we are pleased to have been successful in securing and completing this project.

"We worked closely with the clients to determine and cater for the bespoke requirements to deliver an impressive, modern, fun and creative space for the pupils.

"As a business we have developed a strong reputation in the education sector and we are currently on site on a number of college projects in England, including Charlton Park Academy and Seahaven Academy Primary.

"We deliver high quality, signature and often complex buildings which have an important role in our everyday lives, while also adding value to the communities that we work in through apprenticeships and training opportunities."

Sacha Corcoran MBE, principal of the academy, said: "We are very pleased to have our Big Academy project finished and delivered, despite the added pressure of the pandemic this year.

"The Farrans' team worked really hard in a collaborative way to deliver an amazing space that will be perfect for our students.

"Our project managers were accommodating and supportive during the build and always kept us up to date on the progress they were making. I think that Farrans has a very good understanding of what schools need and, more importantly than that, what young people need in order to thrive and be successful."

In 2019, Farrans won the £50m contract to build Northern Ireland's tallest office building, the 16-storey City Quays building in Belfast.

The building and civil engineering contractor has interests across the UK, Ireland and Europe.

Belfast Telegraph