Plans for new SRC campuses to go to public

Signing the design contract last October
Signing the design contract last October

A public consultation is due to start shortly on plans for the new Southern Regional College (SRC) campuses.

The £90 million project will see a single, new campus being built at the South Lake in Craigavon to replace the Portadown and Lurgan campuses.

New campuses will also be developed on the existing sites in Armagh and Banbridge.

A spokesperson for SRC said plans are currently being prepared and public consultation will take place over the coming weeks.

She said both Armagh and Banbridge existing campuses will remain live and fully operational during the construction period, with all three campuses expected to be completed early in 2020.

WYG Management Services have been appointed to bring forward the designs of the new builds, lead the planning process and help in the procurement of the main contractors.

The spokesperson added, “The goal is to deliver state-of-the-art, fit-for-purpose accommodation to meet the needs of students and staff and to provide facilities to develop and respond to the emerging needs of employers and the wider economic drivers within our region.

“Southern Regional College regards the completion of the estates strategy as fundamental to fulfilling its role as a leading provider of professional and technical education and training and in creating learning environments that will inspire students to fulfil their potential.

“The estates projects represent a really positive investment in this region and will provide a legacy for future generations of students and the wider community within the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area.”