Planning permission granted for new £19m school in Carrick


Ulidia Integrated College has been granted planning permission for a new £19m three-storey school in Carrickfergus, designed by Hamilton Architects.

Mid and East Antrim Council granted an application for a replacement building to be constructed on the school’s existing site at Victoria Road.

Around 700 pupils will be accommodated in 43 classrooms. The 10,314sq metre building will be constructed over two phases – the new school and pitch, followed by the demolition of the existing building and completion of site works.

The school has been situated at its current location since 2002 following a move from temporary accommodation in Whitehead when it first opened in 1997 with just 63 pupils. Ulidia now has more than 500 pupils enrolled.

At planning application stage, Principal Michael Houston told the Carrick Times: “The new 700-pupil school will cater for our current number of pupils and, while it does not increase the size of the school, it will provide much needed state-of-the-art facilities for all our pupils and staff.”

Mr Houston said it was hoped to move on to the construction phase as soon as possible.