Dromore Central Primary School Underway

The long-awaited construction of Dromore Central Primary School in Co. Down is making progress at last

Dromore2It’s been 16 years in the running and almost three years since funding was granted, but Dromore Central Primary School is finally getting their new school building.

Working with Main Contractor Tracey Bros, Michael Nugent will be providing mechanical services for the development with our works due to start early in 2015.

As the current school building dates back to 1938, the £11.4m construction will be a much-needed improvement for Dromore Central Primary School, offering 25 new state-of-the-art classrooms.

The project comes after a £350m capital investment, with £173m being delegated to the education sector. Education Minister, John O’Dowd, administrated £16m of this for the Dromore Central Primary School project. The funding was secured in June 2012 and building commenced in May 2014.

“I am delighted to officially mark the beginning of construction of the new school,” said O’Dowd from the opening of the work site.

“This significant investment is good news for the pupils, staff and the wider community,” he continued. “I have no doubt that the new 25 classroom school will positively benefit everyone and will support our teaching staff in continuing to deliver a quality education.”


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With the poor and cramped conditions of the school’s old building – where classes are taught in 14 mobile classrooms – the new school building will be an incredible improvement for its 700 pupils.

Speaking to the Dromore Leader at the time funding was granted, principal Mr Jim Cochrane illustrated the desperate need for improvements in the school’s facilities. “New toilets will be a luxury,” he said, “as the facilities we have now date back to 1938 and are absolutely atrocious.”

Not only will the project improve the school’s facilities, but contribute to its educational goals. Teachers aim to maximise the potential of each pupil by offering a balanced curriculum and comprehensive range of extra-curricular activities.

The spacious new development – which will include play areas and a large assembly hall – will offer modern facilities for all school activities.

Michael Nugent is delighted to be involved in this special project. We can’t wait to see the finished building and the impact it will have on Dromore Central Primary School’s staff and pupils.

Discover more primary school projects we’ve completed in our education archive.