A new £44m (€50m) college campus in Belfast will support 400 construction jobs, its developers pledged today.
Work on the planned Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC) site in the Titanic Quarter in the east of the city, which gets under way this week, will provide a much needed boost to the building trade, according to Patton Construction.
The new complex, which will house up to 2,500 students, will replace the college’s existing buildings at Brunswick Street and College Square east when it opens in 2011.
Director of Ballymena-based Patton Construction Trevor Campbell said it was great to finally start work on the project.
“This has been a long process, but we are delighted to have been given the go ahead to build such a landmark education project in the heart of the emerging Titanic Quarter,” he said.
“It will be a challenging programme but we have assembled an experienced and expert team to take it forward and complete the scheme on time.
“The Patton Group has significant experience and a strong reputation for delivering educational facilities, including the University of Ulster’s Belfast Campus.
“We are also currently involved in the delivery of two new schools in Belfast and three in schools in Scotland.”
Ulster Bank is a financial backer of the new campus.
Richard Ennis, the bank’s head of corporate and property banking, said the development would further enhance the regenerated Titanic Quarter.
“BMC is one of the pillars of Titanic Quarter and as such is very important to the success of other aspects of the scheme,” he said.
“With 2,500 students expected to study at the campus, this obviously provides significant opportunities with regard to residential and retail aspects.
“The signing of the contract and commencement of development work will provide an important boost in this regard.”