St Ronan’s College, Lurgan

The Trustees, Diocese of Dromore

Client: The Trustees, Diocese of Dromore

Completion: December 2023

Value: £34m

Project Summary

This landmark new school will cater for 1750 pupils and will be capable of delivering a modern cutting edge teaching curriculum. Born from the amalgamation of St Mary’s High School, St Paul’s Junior High School and St Michael’s Grammar School, the new building will be in excess of 21,000m2. The design follows a modern and progressive layout based on a ‘campus’ style design arranged around three impressive courtyards. This facilitates efficient circulation and optimal class changing times.

Natural daylight and views from corridors are maximised throughout the building and easy external access between the courtyards increases permeability for pupil movement. The courtyards themselves, provide a variety of different external social environments, in addition to the traditional hard play area. These can be used for performances or informal teaching.

A full range of attractive and inspiring teaching accommodation is provided, complimented with extensive sports facilities. There are two impressive double height dining areas, one of which provides an arrival space at the main entrance, which is unique to St Ronan’s College.


The design for the building is centred on the pupils and provides the basis for an inclusive community where the School can nurture a love of learning through high quality teaching.

  • Through public consultation, the importance of the original Chapel as a local landmark was recognised. It has therefore been retained and integrated into the new school, providing the combined functionality of a Chapel and a quality performance space
  • The extensive sports facilities provided to the rear of the site are of significant benefit to the local community. A remote sports pavilion serves a full sized synthetic GAA pitch, full sized grass GAA pitch, soccer pitch and five tennis courts
  • Different areas within the School are designed to be accessible to the local community. These include the sports hall, gymnasium, fitness suite, multi-purpose hall, the music department, design & technology workshops and the Chapel

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