Southern Regional College’s new £35 million landmark campus in Armagh has secured an official BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating for sustainability, contributing to the College’s ambition to become among the most sustainable in the UK and Ireland.
Designed by WYG Group with Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects, the new 14,000 sq m campus, which is under construction at Lonsdale Road in the city, will welcome thousands of new and current students to its world class facilities when it opens in September.
BREEAM is the world’s leading independent sustainability measure for major infrastructure and building projects and the top rating achieved by Armagh SRC means the development will provide a sustainable environment which will protect natural resources and enhance the well-being of students and staff attending.
Brian Doran, Southern Regional College Chief Executive, said: “Our focus from the outset has been on developing a series of campus developments in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon which would be among the most advanced in the world and provide a sustainability benchmark which others would follow. Working with our partners, we put sustainability at the heart of the new Armagh campus and I’m delighted that this superb, state-of-the-art facility will not only provide world class education and training but will be among the newest, most environmentally-conscious buildings to be completed in Northern Ireland.”
Building work on the landmark educational campus got under way in April 2018 under the stewardship of Newry-based construction company, Felix O’Hare Limited. Around 200 jobs were created within the construction phase of the project, including 25 apprenticeship opportunities.
The new campus will house an unrivalled blend of specialist accommodation designed to facilitate the most advanced professional and technical education and training, including facilities for students at degree and postgraduate level. A key feature of the new Armagh build is the provision of innovation hubs through which students will directly engage with business and industry in real life projects.
Denise Maguire Editor of Irish Construction Industry Magazine