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First picture of how new £30m Armagh SRC will look

A public consultation event on plans for a new multi-million pound Southern Regional College campus will take place next week.

It is part of plans to construct three new college campuses – at a cost in the region of £30 million – in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon.

The proposals for the new-build in Armagh – which will be built on the existing site at Lonsdale Road – will be put on public show.

The public consultation event will be held in the study hall at Lonsdale Road, next Monday, June 27, between 10am and 9pm.

Just last October, former Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry attended the site of the new Craigavon SRC campus development.

At that time he also signed the £1.9 million design contract for the development of three new campuses at Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon.

A planning application has since been submitted in relation to Banbridge.

And now the Armagh proposals are about to go on show.

All of the new campuses will be built before 2020.

During the construction work in Armagh, classes will be relocated to the Lisanally site.

The former St Brigid’s High School in Armagh could also be used to accommodate teaching during the lengthy process.

The new facilities will be state-of-the-art and, according to the Southern Regional College, geared towards the provision of “world class professional and teachnical educational training”.

“A key feature of all the new campuses is the provision of innovation hubs through which students will engage with business and industry in ‘real world’ industrial projects and challenges,” explained a college spokesperson.

“The new campus (in Armagh) will also include learning facilities required for learning at degree and post-graduate levels. This includes the provision of state-of-the-art learning esource centres, integrated student social areas and learning support services.”

The public can also view the plans in the Lonsdale Road reception area from next Tuesday, June 28, through until Thursday, July 14, during which will it will also be featured on the college website, at www.src.ac.uk/

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