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Project Update

At Farm Lodge, Ballymena, our second new build project is also progressing well. The brand-new campus will amalgamate our three locations in the town to one central, impressive site. Completion of the 16,800 m2 Ballymena campus is scheduled for March 2025 and it will be open for students at the start of the 2025/26 academic year in September 2025. 

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 £51 milion campus is being built on a live operational site, involving complex phased construction and sectional completion. June 2023 marked the completion of the 1,000 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 and to the west linking the new St. Patrick’s regeneration site.  

The supporting infrastructure works in terms of adjacent new link road are in place to service the project upon completion.   

Ballymena Campus demolition and construction drone footage

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Project Outline

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.

Ballymena Campus Flythrough


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.

Architects vision of the entrance plaza of the new build at Farm Lodge, Ballymena.

Architects vision of the new build at Farm Lodge, Ballymena from the link road.

Eye level view of the entrance plaza of the new build at Farm Lodge, Ballymena.

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(Actual view of the building as of April 2024)

Campus Redevelopment