SOUTH West College has appointed a contractor for for its new campus near the site of the former Erne Hospital on Enniskillen’s Cornagrade Road.
In a milestone event at the college’s Crest Centre, Enniskillen based firm Tracey Bros was appointed as the main contractor for the £29 million project at the new Erne Campus.
The college is set to move from its current site at Gaol Square to the new site in January 2020 and construction is expected to get under way in March.
The project will provide employment for over 200 people, including a number of apprenticeship opportunities.
The building is expected to incorporate the newest standards of environmental technology and is expected to generate more electricity than it uses.
The site includes the old workhouse building which is being converted into business incubation units as well as space to remember the history of the workhouse.
The contractors, Tracey Bros, say the project is a boost for the construction industry in Fermanagh.
John Tracey, director of Tracey Bros, said, “This contract is testament to Tracey Brothers expertise in delivering high quality and innovation design and build projects.
“It’s fantastic news for us. Most of the work we have been doing in the North has been outside Fermanagh due to the economic decline in the construction industry. We are just delighted to be awarded this project.
“It will be a fantastic opportunity for local workers and supply chains. It’s going to be a much needed boost which was needed in this area,” he said.
“This is a market we have developed a strong reputation in and we look forward to working closely with the college on this landmark education development. It is all the more pleasing that the development will see life brought back to this strategically important site within Enniskillen and at the same time provide much needed stimulus to the local construction industry and wider economy.”
Michael McAlister, chief executive the South West College, said it was “on the cusp of an exciting new era”.
“South West College is delighted to have reached this milestone event in the college’s history,” he said.
“Students, parents and employers alike will all see huge opportunities emanate from the new development and we look forward to sharing the college’s journey,” he added.
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