Heron Brothers Limited were appointed as the main contractor on the project in December 2020.
Economy Minister Diane Dodds stated, “I am delighted to be able to support the vital Further Education Projects that will enable Northern Regional College to deliver a modern commercially focused curriculum in new state of the art facilities at Coleraine and Ballymena.”
Professor Terri Scott, our Principal and Chief Executive also commented:
“Our new Coleraine campus will result in a world-class learning environment, enabling the delivery of training, skills and transformational education not only for our students, but for the wider local community.
“We are working closely with the local business and industry sectors to determine the skills needs which will drive local economic growth, sustain and produce new jobs and opportunities for the people of the area. In the coming years there will be many exciting opportunities not only for our learners, but for local schools and community groups to engage with this exciting campus development project.”
Heron Brothers started on site in November and prepared the site for demolition which commenced mid-November. The monthly drone footage shows the progress of the site clearance and preparation for the exciting new state of the art campus. The project is due for completion by September 2023.
Coleraine campus demolition drone footage
The new, purpose-built campus on the current (but extended) site in Coleraine comprises a number of exciting spaces including, an Innovation Zone, a flexible area that can be adapted for a wide range of activities including cross curriculum project based learning, conferences and performances together with a fully equipped and high quality restaurant and hair and beauty salon, both of which will, at set times, be open to the public to provide our students with the opportunity to train in a realistic environment. The former St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Hall will be a self-contained performing arts and music centre. This will be an additional resource not only for the College but for the community.
An important feature of the design for the new campus has been to create a strong link with the town centre through the adjacent Anderson Park and the main entrance facing the park.
The main entrance will be via an open airy “garden room” which will extend the park space into the building. The landscape design will create an attractive reinvigorated outdoor space accessible to all. This will not only be a benefit to staff and students but also the whole community creating stronger links through to the Town Centre.
One unified campus will provide efficiencies and other economies of scale benefits, in terms of service delivery and a broader curriculum offer. Bringing the Further Education provision together on one site will strengthen the long-term future of education and training provision in this area.
The College continues to work with students and staff at its Ballymoney and Coleraine Campuses regarding the transition arrangements which will be in place during the building of its new Campus on the existing site at Union Street, Coleraine, due to open for the academic year 2023/24.