Heron Bros was appointed as the main contractor on the project in November 2021 and commenced on site in February 2022, with construction works underway in August 2022.
The new £35milion campus is being built on a live operational site, involving complex phased construction and sectional completion. Construction works are progressing to schedule with June 2023 marking the completion of the 1000 tonnes structural steel installation. At its highest point, the building rises five storeys allowing staff and students to enjoy panoramic views to the east over the ECOS landscape towards Slemish in the distance.
The supporting infrastructure works in terms of adjacent new link road and network drainage are in place to service the project upon completion.
Completion is scheduled for March 2025. The new campus will be open for students at the start of the academic year 2025/26 in September 2025.
Ballymena Campus demolition and construction drone footage
Our plans are for one campus for Ballymena with a new build on the existing Farm Lodge site, with the closure of Trostan Avenue and Lamont Building.
In the main building, the innovation zone will be a flexible area that can be adapted for a wide range of activities including cross curriculum project based learning, conferences and performances. The training restaurant and hair and beauty salons will, at set times, be open to the public to provide our students with the opportunity to train in a live environment. The new campus will have a stand-alone sports hall that can be available to be hired for external community activities.