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Watch: Virtual tour of new £35m Armagh campus

Work to build a new £35 million educational campus in Armagh for the Southern Regional College (SRC) got under way this week.

The new campus will be located on Lonsdale Road and is part of a £95m investment by SRC and the Department for the Economy to create three new state-of-the-art campuses across the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon area.

The new facility in Armagh will comprise 14,000 sq. metres of specialist accommodation across several curriculum areas.

Felix O’Hare and Co. Limited, the appointed contractor, is spearheading the construction.

Brian Doran, chief executive at SRC, said: “From planning to design and demolition, we have been eagerly anticipating this day. I am delighted to see our contractor fully on site and commencing construction.

“From here on, I look forward to seeing our new landmark educational campus in Armagh solidly and steadily take shape in the months ahead.”

Noel Lavery, permanent secretary, Department for Economy, said: “With the site cleared and preparatory works complete, I’m pleased to be here to mark a significant milestone for this worthy project.

"These positive steps pave the way for the creation of a thriving educational environment that will undoubtedly inspire students and educators, in a modern, fit-for-purpose and innovative setting.

"This significant investment in construction of the new campus will create local employment and a range of apprenticeship opportunities, helping to benefit the local economy.”

SRC, which has more than 34,000 full and part-time students, has been named the best performing further education college in Northern Ireland afters its six campuses, which includes Armagh, came out on top in an independent report by the Department for the Economy and the University of Ulster.

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