Planning permission to extend the Magee campus of the University of Ulster in Derry has been given the go-ahead by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan.
Covering a floor space of 3,762m sq, the extension will provide teaching facilities and will incorporate a large tiered lecture theatre. two smaller lecture theatres, up to 20 classrooms and a cafe.
Mr Durkan said this strategically important investment” by the University of Ulster on would be a boost for the local economy.
He added: “It will create construction jobs in the short term and enhance the academic offering in the long term.
“This will contribute positively to the economic, social and cultural vitality of Derry and the surrounding area.
“This application was turned around in just over three months which demonstrates that changes to planning are ensuring a fast, fair and fit for purpose system.
“Along with many others in the North West, I strongly support the expansion of the University.”
Mr Durkan concluded: “This extension will help to consolidate existing provision and provide a spring board for further development.”