SOUTH Derry construction group Heron Bros has been awarded the £45 million contract for the new Northern Regional College (NRC) campus in Ballymena.
The Draperstown-based company is already on site for the new £40m campus in Coleraine, following the issue of an official construction notice in October 2021.
Heron has now won the bid to become lead contractor on the sister development in Ballymena.
Located at Farm Lodge, the new campus will see teaching at the college’s existing sites at Farm Lodge, Trostan Avenue and the Lamont Building in the town consolidated onto one modern 190,000 sq ft campus.
Initial preparatory work is expected to begin this month, with construction onsite commencing in June 2022.
The new campus is due to be operational for the start of term in September 2024 with all works, including the new car park, fully complete for December 2024.
Economy minister Gordon Lyons said around 150 new construction jobs are expected to be created by the project, with a further
300 sustained during the building phase.
He said around 1,350 weeks of employment and training will also be provided through traineeships, apprenticeships and higher level apprenticeships (HLAs) across a range of construction-related
The minister said: “This £45m project, fully funded by my department, is part of a wider £85m investment in Northern Regional College to include the redevelopment of its Coleraine campus.”
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