23/10/2013

Work Begins On Education Campus

Work on clearing a former Army base at Lisanelly in Omagh, County Tyrone has begun.

The 126-acre site will eventually become a new shared education campus with a total of six schools with capacity for 3,700 pupils.

Phase one will see the construction of a new school for Arvalee Special School and a resource centre.

Speaking about the start of work Education Minister John O'Dowd said: "The Lisanelly project is visionary. It will be the largest single investment in education facilities ever made here, with construction costs estimated to be in excess of £120m, as it brings six schools together on one campus in the town for the first time.

"The commencement of demolition marks the beginning of the delivery phase of the Lisanelly Shared Education Campus. It is symbolic of the progress we have made in recent years through working together in an atmosphere of collaboration and sharing.

"It is symbolic of our move away from the past, toward a brighter future where everyone here can fulfil his or her potential, irrespective of political, religious or social background."

(MH/CD)

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