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Omagh firm wins contract for six schools in Republic

AN OMAGH construction company has won the contract for the completion of six new schools in the Republic following the high profile collapse of the British firm Carillion.

Woodvale Construction, based on the Crevenagh Road, is the replacement partner for the stalled school building projects in four different counties – Carlow, Meath, Wexford and Wicklow.

It is hoping to complete the work at three of the schools by the end of next month.

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The company is currently in the process of completing the £21.47 million project at Strabane Academy.

Woodvale is also to carry out survey and preliminary work on the other three schools in the Republic and it is hoped that the projects at these will be finished by the end of December.

It saw off bids from Sisk, JJ Rhatigan and BAM to win the contract and work is expected to start within the coming weeks.
In a statement, Woodvale said it was delighted to confirm its appointment to complete the works.

“Building on our educational project experience in Coláiste Feirste, Belfast, Strabane Academy, Omagh Integrated Primary School and Arvalee School and Resource Centre, this is an excellent opportunity to showcase our experience and expertise further afield.
“The package also includes initial survey and completion works to Tyndall College and the Institute of Further Education, Carlow, together with Eureka Secondary School, Kells and these sites will be completed by the end of the year.”

An original deal of £100 million had been made between the Irish Government, Carillion and the Dutch Infrastructure Fund for the building of the schools.

But the high profile collapse of Carillion in January has had a knock-on impact on the completion of the schools, which in turn led to the appointment of Woodvale.

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