MAJOR CAPITAL development work at St Michael’s College in Enniskillen is expected to cost £2million when completed.
Work being carried out on the school includes the introduction of a new 4G pitch and athletics track, the renovation of the school’s library, extension of the canteen and the replacing of the copper roof of the school, which was originally installed in 1957.
Perhaps the most ambitious project undertaken by the school is the development of a new floodlit 4G football pitch, 400 metre athletics track and sports pavilion that includes changing rooms, showers and toilets.
This work is expected to cost £1m.
The school’s roof is currently being replaced with a modern roofing system, costing close to £350, 000. The metal single glazed windows are also to be replaced with double glazed units.
The library has also received a total renovation including new windows, ceiling, carpets and dim-out blinds as well as computer and data projection facilities. The combined cost of the window contract and library renovation will be £250,000 and is to be carried out by Cleary Contracting of Draperstown, Co Derry.
Plans are well advanced to extend the school canteen which caters for the majority of the 720 students and staff daily. This extension will cost around £450,000.
The Department of Education is providing 85% of the cost of the new sports facilities under the schools enhancement programme while the college trustees must provide 15% of the costs in the sum of £150,000.
In addition the trustees have to provide 15 % of the cost of the new roof, windows and canteen which amounts to an estimated £150,000 also.
Since the major new extension to the college just over 20 years ago further development has occurred in the past 10 years with a new technology/design building costing £700,000 as well as a new fitness suite costing £300,000 and more recently a home economics suite costing almost £350,000.
The college also completed a £250,000 scheme in 2012 to improve disabled access facilities, including the provision of four lifts.
The college will be embarking on a fund-raising drive in the near future to assist the trustees with their contribution of £300,000 (15%) to provide these excellent facilities which will serve the educational needs of students for many years to come.
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