Minister for Employment and Learning Dr Stephen Farry MLA and I at Official Opening of SPACE in Bangor
I joined Alliance Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry MLA in Bangor on Tuesday, as a new £12 million arts facility at the town's South Eastern Regional College (SERC).
A state of the art facility, SPACE - Serc Performing Arts, Computing and Engineering - will not only equip students with specialised skills, but is also set to open Bangor up to Northern Ireland's growing film industry.
I was delighted to join Minister Farry in Bangor as he opened this campus. A fantastic addition to the growing Further Education (FE) estate, SPACE will be an asset to the college and local community alike for years to come.
As an elected representative for North Down, I am aware of the historic need for improved theatrical and performing arts facilities in the area. With this new theatre and auditorium available to both students and the wider community for use, this project will only help address this need - further developing a growing, vibrant arts scene across the constituency.
But it is not only through the arts sector that SPACE will have an impact locally. With the facilities to develop the next generation of skilled engineers and build on new technological advancements, Bangor's local economy will play a direct role in building a strong economic future for Northern Ireland.
I would encourage local residents to come along and check out what's available at SPACE. As a local resident and elected representative I'm looking forward to working with both the college and community and I'm confident that together the full potential of this new facility will be utilised.
Back in September 2013 I joined Minister Farry and SERC Principal Ken Webb to launch plans for SPACE. With the work completed on time, I'm delighted to again join him - this time unveiling the finished product.
Launching plans in September 2013
Locally Alliance is committed to building a creative, innovative, skills rich borough and SPACE will go a long way in helping turn these aspirations into a reality.
This initiative is also set to showcase the benefits that come from enabling people across all sectors to work together to grow our economy. I look forward to being part of this process and would encourage everyone across North Down to support SPACE how they can.