£1.7m DALRIADA PROJECT BEGINS

An artist's impression of the new development. inbm01-16

An artist's impression of the new development. inbm01-16

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A £1.7 million capital development project has commenced at Dalriada School in the town.

The project which is fully funded through the Department of Education’s Schools Enhancement scheme will provide Dalriada with a number of up to date facilities.

Brian Dillon (left) the Chair of Governors with (centre) Tom Skelton, Headmaster and William Kennedy of P+K McKaigue (right) Contractors discussing the plans for Dalriada's  new development. inbm01-16 s

Brian Dillon (left) the Chair of Governors with (centre) Tom Skelton, Headmaster and William Kennedy of P+K McKaigue (right) Contractors discussing the plans for Dalriada's new development. inbm01-16 s

They include a new gymnasium, new toilets, changing and showering facilities, a state of the art Fitness and Well-Being suite along with a classroom for the Physical Education Department and the refurbishment of the current sports hall which was built in 1979. The £1.7 million project has been made possible through Dalriada’s successful application to the Department of Education Schools Enhancement Programme. To date over thirty schools have benefitted from this programme, including the neighbouring Ballymoney High School.

The project will enhance Dalriada’s broad curricular experience and extensive extra-curricular activities. It will facilitate ‘in house’ and community events to further develop Dalriada’s position as a school well connected to its local community.

Headmaster Tom Skelton commented: “It is good to see the project taking shape and the pupils are excited by the prospect of new facilities to add to our current provision.

“The new development will ensure that Dalriada continues to build upon the extensive range of activities and experiences open to our current pupils and hopefully many generations to come.”

The building project is scheduled to be completed by Autumn 2016 with early work focussing upon the provision of temporary facilities to accommodate the on-going activities and classes at the school and demolition of the changing rooms, office and annexe.