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Holycross College

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Project Info

  • Project Category:
    Secondary
  • Project Name:
    Holycross College
  • Client:
    St Canice’s Educational Trust
  • Location:
    35 Melmount Rd, Tyrone, Strabane, BT82 9EF, N.I.
  • Architect:
    Robinson Patterson Partnership in conjunction with HLM Architects

Project Overview

This contract was to Design, Build, Finance and Operate a 23,500sqm new co-educational school for approximately 1850 pupils with associated site works. The school has 115 classrooms, which are colour coded to allow for easy orientation, along with excellent accommodation for languages, music and drama. It has extensive sports facilities that can be used by other schools in the area.

Holy Cross College is the amalgamation of Strabane's three Catholic post-primary schools, the Convent Grammar School, St Colman's High School and Our Lady of Mercy High School.

The Holy Cross College in Strabane was located on the site currently occupied by St Colman's High School which maintained in operation throughout construction of the new facilities.

Works involved phased construction, providing the new school facility on the existing playing fields with the construction of car parks, a bus set down area and roads infrastructure on decant with the demolition of the existing school building. 

The architectural vocabulary is contemporary, making use of traditional, natural materials in a modern, creative and innovative way. The new building incorporates a combination of single, two and three storey blocks. This impressive building makes use of stone façade on the entrance area and has an all-weather synthetic pitch. The school especially boasts the impressive sports facilities, both indoor and out, with three full size grass pitches, a flood-lit 3G synthetic pitch, six tennis courts, a 400m running track, four large sports halls, viewing galleries, performance arts facilities, a fully-equipped multi-gym with changing rooms, a reception area and offices.

O’Hare & McGovern successfully delivered and met the employer’s sustainability requirements on the Holy Cross College by achieving a Very Good BREEAM rating.

The materials used in the construction of the building both internally and externally where high quality both to meet the end users expectations and to meet the lifecycle and sustainability requirements for the project over the next 25 years. 

Key Features

  • Employers’ Award for Education for Employability from the CEA & DDA Access Awards 2007
  • Favourite Building in the North West Public Vote 2008
  • Very Good BREEAM rating
  • Public Private Partnership (PPP) Framework Procurement; Bespoke form of contract based on JCT 2002
  • PFI (Private Funding Initiative)
  • Live restricted site occupied by St Colman’s High school (New school facility placed on the existing playing fields)
  • Demolitions; removal & relocation of existing mobile classrooms & demolitions of existing school & Church
  • Facilities includes; reception area, 3 full size grass pitches, flood lit 3G synthetic pitch, one full size soccer pitch, one full size Gaelic pitch, 6 tennis/netball courts, 400m six lane running track, 4 large sports halls, all weather hockey pitches, courtyards, offices & a fully equipped multi gym with changing facilities
  • Delivered a new 23000 sq/m building sited on a 30 acre site within 21 months
  • Extensive car/bus drop down area, car parking & roads infrastructure

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