Construction has started at Limavady Shared Education Campus. It is expected to take about two years for the new facilities to be built.
Plans for shared campuses were initially part of the Northern Ireland Executive’s Together: Building a United Community strategy.
The strategy aims to allow pupils from different backgrounds in separate schools to come together to share classes and new buildings.
Limavady High School and St Mary’s High School, Limavady, will remain as separate schools but share new buildings at Limavady SEC accommodating science, technology, drama and media classrooms.
Designed by Hamilton Architects and being built by Woodvale Construction, the campus will be delivered in two phases: a single-storey STEM campus at Limavady High School, followed by a two-storey shared Sixth Form campus at St Mary’s.
Education Minister Peter Weir has described the campus as a “significant milestone” for both schools.
“Once completed, these new facilities will provide much needed education benefits for pupils, staff, teachers, parents and for the wider community,” the minister said. “I hope the use of these shared facilities will promote good relations and equip the children and young people of Limavady to meet the challenges of being an adult in a shared society.”