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Southern Regional College appoints O’Hare & McGovern Ltd to build new £15m Banbridge campus

Southern Regional College is spearheading a £95m Further and Higher Education expansion in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon

Southern Regional College has appointed O’Hare & McGovern Limited as the main contractor to build a new, state-of-the-art Further and Higher Education campus in Banbridge, creating 150 jobs on site.

Based in Newry, O’Hare & McGovern Ltd (OHMG) is an established contractor with more than 40 years’ experience in delivering quality construction projects across the UK and Ireland and is currently completing Allstate’s new headquarters in Belfast City Centre and a new School of Biological Sciences facility at Queen’s University, Belfast.

The contract award marks a significant milestone in the progress of the project and represents an investment of up to £15 million.

The Banbridge campus, which is on track to open in 2020, is part of a wider, ambitious £95 million investment programme led by Southern Regional College and the Department for the Economy aimed at dramatically improving local educational provision and facilities across the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council area.

The new 4,500m² building will incorporate outstanding new learning facilities, including a dedicated Learning Resource Centre and an innovation hub. The campus will house a dedicated centre for multimedia and digital design offering a wide range of full time and part time courses through to degree level. The existing campus and sports facilities, which are based nearby on the same Castlewellan Road site, will continue to operate as normal during construction.