Chair of the Board of Governors of Strabane Academy today welcomed visitors to the site of the new school for Strabane Academy to cut the first sod. This marks the beginning of the construction work to bring the exciting plans for the school to life. Woodvale Construction has been appointed to build the £21.47m school on the Derry Road, Strabane.
Mr William Mealiff thanked everyone involved for their hard work and set out the importance of the new school;
“This is a great day for the pupils and staff of Strabane Academy and for the entire Strabane community. Our new school building will help ensure quality post primary education provision for more than 700 pupils in modern surroundings with all the facilities that are required to deliver the NI post primary curriculum. I wish to thank everyone who has been involved in ensuring that our dream of a brand new school is now becoming a reality.”
The School and the Education Authority are delighted to receive approval to the £21.47m investment, from the Department of Education’s Schools Major Capital Programme. The new Strabane Academy will provide a two storey building providing a state-of-the-art post primary school with classrooms and support accommodation in accordance with the recommendations of the Department of Education’s Building Handbook. The new build will accommodate 700 pupils aged between 11 to 18 years.
The Principal of Strabane Academy Mr David Hampton added;
“We are very excited to get work underway and to begin to see our new school take shape. The new, cutting-edge facilities will benefit staff and pupils of Strabane Academy for many years to come.”
Woodvale Construction, Omagh has been appointed to take forward the construction of the new school which is planned to be completed by June 2021. The Contractor will work with the School and the Education Authority to minimise the disruption to the day-to-day running of the school over the contract period.