Belfast Telegraph

Southern Regional College's new Armagh campus wins top GO award

Southern Regional College’s new £35million Armagh campus development has been recognised as Northern Ireland’s best initiative at the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Northern Ireland.

The innovative, state-of-the-art campus development, designed by WYG Group, will now go forward to represent Northern Ireland at the national awards next month.

The GO Awards Northern Ireland recognise public sector procurement excellence, celebrate the role public, private and third sector organisations play in supporting the delivery of public services and are the benchmark by which progress in public sector commissioning is measured.

With over 30 finalists featuring many key organisations from within Northern Ireland’s supply chain, the awards, which were held at Titanic Hotel Belfast, included a wide range of standout procurement initiatives.

SRC chief executive Brian Doran said: "We are absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious award for our new campus build project in Armagh.  This achievement recognises the creative and innovative approaches used in the procurement and delivery of this exciting new build project.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire project team, led by Project Director Ruairi Lavery, for their continued commitment and drive for quality and excellence which is recognised in this award.”

This new campus will feature approximately 14,000 sqm. of specialist accommodation and is designed to facilitate world class professional and technical education and training.

Felix O’Hare and Company were appointed in November 2017 to spearhead the new development, which upon completion in 2020 will facilitate students and staff in the brand new landmark facility.

Grahame Steed, chair of the Northern Ireland GO Awards Judging Panel added: "The GO Awards Northern Ireland have showcased the depth of innovation, creativity and commitment in place across the country’s procurement community. The judging panel was impressed with the quality and variety of the submissions, which clearly demonstrate Northern Ireland’s growth in this area.

“All of the finalists – whether public, private or third sector – are to be commended for their outstanding work.”

This year’s winners included some of the country’s leading procurement innovators, including FIN Maintenance working with Northern Ireland Water and Translink.

For a full list of this year’s winners and those highly commended, visit

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