£4 million Co Antrim school completion delayed
THE completion of a £4m primary school in Co Antrim has been delayed until later this year.
Corran Integrated Primary School in Larne was expected to be completed next month.
However, it has now emerged that the contractor is currently not on site.
The school, which also has a nursery unit, caters for more than 170 children who are currently being taught in mobile classrooms.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Education last night said: “The Department can confirm that the contractor is currently not on site but is expected to return shortly.
“The Department cannot comment further on contractual matters as they remain commercial in confidence.”
The spokeswoman said the new school should be completed by the end of the year.
“This represents a slight delay on earlier projections of July 2018.
“It is not uncommon for delays to occur on new school builds.”
Causeway Coast and Glens councillor James McKeown said “parents are concerned”.
“Will their children be going back to the mobiles or will they be able to move in to the new school?” he said.
“There does not seem to be any work going on and it's a lot more added pressure on the parents.”
When contacted last night the school declined to comment, however its website said: “Our school is located on a breathtaking site overlooking the sea and the sweeping Antrim hills.
“Our current accommodation consists of mobile buildings but we have great plans for a modern, permanent school building in the near future.”