A CARRICKMORE firm has been awarded the contract for the site clearance of the area earmarked for the construction of five schools on the Strule Education Campus.
Work on preparing the ground for the construction of five new schools for the Christian Brothers Grammar, Loreto Grammar, Omagh Academy, Omagh High and Sacred Heart College began at the end of March. Over the next nine months, Fox Building and Engineering Ltd will complete operations which include ecology protection, site clearance, and earthworks to adjust the site to require levels and on-site infrastructure works.
It is expected that the construction work on the new schools will begin early next year, and will be open for use by September 2020.
The campus, which will be the first of its kind in the North, will bring together around 4,000 pupils from the controlled, maintained and voluntary sectors. Each of the schools will retain their individual identities and ethos.
Last year, plans were unveiled for a major new four-lane road along the Gortin Road to facilitate the campus.
The Department of Education has stipulated that the Strathroy Link Road must be operational by the time the Strule Education Campus is opened. A new Arvalee School and Resource Centre was officially opened last year. It is the first school to be re-located to the site.