Education Minister attends sod-cutting on new £19.6m school for Crossmaglen designed by Hamilton Architects

St Josephs
Education Minister Peter Weir attended a sod cutting ceremony to mark the start of work on a new £19.6m school for St Joseph’s High School in Crossmaglen. Hamilton Architects are leading the Integrated Consultant Team, with O’Hare & McGovern on board as contractors for the main building works, with an anticipated completion date of summer 2022.

The construction project will see the completion of a new school building, a sports facility, car parking, and bus set-down areas.

The Minister said: “I welcome this £19.6m investment, which represents a significant milestone for St Joseph’s High School. Once completed, this new school will provide much needed education benefits for pupils, staff, teachers, parents and the wider community.

“Ongoing investment in our school’s estate is essential if we are to continue to provide a high-quality education for all our young people. As well as the investment in our schools estate, it also helps the local economy and secures construction jobs.

“Schools are very much the hub of any community and this major investment will create many positive outcomes.”

Acknowledging the work of the school and its stakeholders in bringing the project to this stage, he concluded: “I would like to thank everyone involved in this project for their hard work and commitment in getting this project to this stage. I wish you every success as you embark on this new chapter for your school and I look forward to returning, in the not too distant future, to see the new school building standing on this site.”