Devenish College, Enniskillen

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 18th October 2021.

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Photo of Rosemary Barton Rosemary Barton UUP 2:30 pm, 18th October 2021

T5. Mrs Barton asked the Minister of Education, who will be aware that, after waiting for considerable time, Devenish College in Enniskillen is to benefit from a new build, for an update on when she expects the new building to be open for business, especially in light of the shortage of labour and the current difficulties in getting material. (AQT 1685/17-22)

Photo of Michelle McIlveen Michelle McIlveen DUP

I thank the Member for her question. Devenish College has waited for a long time, as its new build was announced way back in 2013 and the work did not start until 2019. I understand that, at the minute, the expected date for completion is July 2022, and I hope that that will still be the case.

Photo of Rosemary Barton Rosemary Barton UUP

Minister, you will be aware that Enniskillen Royal Grammar School is waiting for some work to be started on the Portora site. Will you give me an update on when you expect that to get going?

Photo of Michelle McIlveen Michelle McIlveen DUP

As the Member will be aware, I visited Enniskillen Royal Grammar School in the first week of taking up this post, and I spoke to the principal and governors about the challenges that they have, particularly with having a split site. The project is currently in design, with the RIBA stage 2 concept design submitted to the Department for review on 18 August. The Department's review is expected to be complete by the end of October, at which time the project may progress to RIBA stage 3, which is developed design. In parallel with the design process, an addendum to the approved business case is being developed to reflect increased costs associated with the Portora House listed building.