Extract from the Sligo Weekender:
Work on the new €7.5 million Summerhill College building is set to start at the end of this month with a completion date of July 2012. It is expected there will be up to 120 jobs on the site at its peak stage. The main contract with John Sisk and Son Ltd. was signed last week.
The job involves the demolition of the newer section of the existing college with the older original stone building remaining in place. The three storey school is designed around a central courtyard and double height general purpose hall. It will have a capacity for 900 students.
Frank Pastor of Hamilton Young Architects said: "The exterior has been designed to harmonise in scale with the old 1890s building while providing a contemporary facade. The new teaching facilities will contribute to the excellent education already provided by the teachers and staff at Summerhill College".
Hamilton Young Architects designed the new 7,463 square metres building in conjunction with Jennings O'Donovan and Partners Engineers, White Young Green Engineers and Mulcahy McDonagh and Partners Quantity Surveyors.
Bishop Christopher Jones performed the official sod turning ceremony at the site on Monday of last week.
Artistic impression of the new Summerhill College building
Summerhill College old and new