Heron Brothers Limited were appointed as the main contractor on the project in November 2021 and commenced on site in February 2022 commencing stage 1 demolition. Construction works are to commence in June 2022. The College and Contractor held a successful neighbour engagement event in March 2022 and will continue to communicate site developments with local residents and stakeholders throughout the build. The College project team continue to work with the Contractor to ensure additional car parking facilities on site are available to compensate for those lost as a result of the construction works. The new campus accommodation block remains on schedule to be in service for the start of the 2023/24 academic year, with overall project completion remains end of 2024.
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.
The construction will be taken forward on a phased approach, with minimal decanting requirements to minimise disruption to students by continuing to use the existing buildings at Trostan Avenue and Farm Lodge throughout the construction. The supporting infrastructure works in Ballymena is scheduled to commence in the summer of 2021, and the new campus buildings are currently scheduled to open for students for the start of the academic year 2023/24.