North West Regional College has awarded the contract for a multi-million pound redevelopment at their Springtown Campus.
College Principal and Chief Executive Leo Murphy revealed that O’Hare & McGovern have been appointed as contractors for the refurbishment of the campus, which currently delivers a large proportion of the college’s Training and Skills courses.
Planned work will see existing training facilities at the campus redeveloped to create a modern learning environment for the benefit of the College’s students, staff and stakeholders.
Mr Murphy said: “After a robust procurement exercise, I am delighted to confirm that a contractor has now been appointed for the Springtown Build Project. This is great news for the staff and students. When the facility is completed, it will provide NWRC with a state of the art space for Apprenticeship Training in the City.
“This substantial investment and support from the Department for the Economy will allow us to bring the campus space into a new era. The redevelopment work also reflects the value placed of training and apprenticeships in the North West and the importance of working with industry to deliver relevant training in Renewables, Electrical, Welding, Fabrication, Motor Vehicle, Plumbing, Gas Installation, Dry Lining, Joinery and Wood Occupations, Wall and Floor Tiling, Painting and Decorating.
Our thanks goes to the Further Education (FE) division in the Department for the Economy and to our own internal curriculum and estates teams supported by governors.”
Beverley Harrison, Director of Further Education at the Department for the Economy added: “The Department is committed to enhancing the education, skills and employability of learners of all ages and abilities in order to help develop a vibrant knowledge based economy. This funding will enable the redevelopment of Springtown Campus and ultimately provide students and staff with access to a modern, state of the art, learning environment.”
Works will begin in November 2018 and will be completed before the end of 2019.
Springtown Campus, which is one of College’s five campuses, first opened in the 1970s as a government training centre, and recently celebrated 45 years of training and skills at the site.
The College has a long tradition in developing the careers of men and women working in traditional crafts and skills. Forging strong partnerships with local schools, groups and industry, Springtown has a key role working within the heart of community in the Derry~Londonderry area, a role they plan to further expand as part of the redevelopment.