O’Dowd officially opens new building for Lagan College

From the DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

27 February 2014

O’Dowd officially opens new building for Lagan College

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has attended the official opening of a new school building for Lagan College in Belfast.

The new building represents a capital investment of £25million and is part of the Public Private Partnership project.

The Minister said: “It is a pleasure for me to help Lagan College celebrate the official opening of their new school building and I would like to thank all involved with the school for their invitation and warm welcome.

“The school has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1981 when 28 pupils were educated in a Scout Hall. I am sure that none of them could have imagined that over 30 years later around 1,250 pupils would attend the school and they would be housed in this wonderful state-of-the-art building.

“The new school building provides a wonderful environment for the current pupils and future generations to develop and learn in.”

The Minister continued: “My predecessor, Caitríona Ruane attended the sod cutting here in March 2011 and it is clear that a great deal of time and effort has been invested in the intervening period to bring this project to fruition.

“I would like to thank all who have been involved with the process to reach the stage where the school has opened its doors.

“I wish the whole school community all the very best for the future as a new era in its history begins.”

Notes to editors:

1. The provision of a new school building and refurbishment of existing buildings for Lagan College is part of a two-school cross-authority PPP cluster. The other school in the cluster is Tor Bank Special School, Dundonald. A 25 year contract between Lagan College and the PPP Operator was signed on 14 March 2011. The capital cost of the project for Lagan College was £25million. The overall capital cost for the two schools was £35million.

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