OHMG TO BUILD NEW SRC DIGITAL MEDIA CAMPUS
O’HARE & McGOVERN TO BUILD NEW SRC DIGITAL MEDIA CAMPUS
O’Hare & McGovern (OHMG) Ltd has won a £15m contract to build a new development at the Southern Regional College’s Banbridge campus.
Managing Director Martin Lennon and Seanie O’Hare, Construction Director, were on the site as work got under way to develop a state-of-the-art Further and Higher Education project which features a digital media centre.
OHMG Ltd, the Newry based firm, has more than 40 years of experience delivering major construction projects across the UK and Ireland.
They are currently in the midst of completing the School of Biological Sciences facility at Queen’s University, Belfast and a major new Showroom for car dealership Shelbourne Motors based in Newry. The Banbridge scheme also follows on from another significant construction announcement by OHMG Ltd of their partnership arrangement to build a £40 million Community Care Centre in Lisburn.
This new Banbridge development is due to open in 2020. It is part of a wider, ambitious £95m investment programme led by Southern Regional College and the Department for the Economy, aimed at dramatically improving local educational provisions and facilities in the Armagh city, Banbridge and Craigavon Council areas.
The building on the Castlewellan Road will incorporate outstanding new learning facilities, including a dedicated Learning Resource Centre, an Innovation Hub as well as a dedicated Centre for Multimedia and Digital Design.
Mr Lennon said in addition to providing work for up to 150 people, the company was also supporting multiple apprenticeship opportunities and work placements, as well as a programme supporting longer term unemployed.
He added: “We are a local company with a strong track record of success and we are proud to have been appointed as the main contractor.
“This project represents a significant educational investment in the area and in Northern Ireland, and we look forward to working with Southern Regional College and all its partners and stakeholders to bring this project to fruition.”
Southern Regional College’s Chief Executive Brian Doran said the new campus would provide a clear and visual statement that represented ambition, commitment and opportunity, building on close links with the community and employers across the region.
He added: “SRC is a leader in the provision of quality, focused professional and technical education opportunities, including targeted apprenticeship and business support programmes which are tailored to business and personal needs.”
Beverley Harrison, Director of Further Education at the Department for the Economy said the investment would support the direct delivery of high quality professional and technical education and new employment opportunities to help local businesses source the skilled staff they need.
She added: “Further and Higher Education is a core part of our economic infrastructure, generating employment, output and earnings, and I’m delighted that our investment will made dynamic contribution to the growth of the area and the region.”