SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell has welcomed news of the creation of up to 400 construction jobs at Queen’s University of Belfast.
The South Belfast MP said the new jobs was a well needed boost for the economy following the recent collapse of a number of construction companies in Northern Ireland.
Queen’s is building a new £32m Centre for Experimental Medicine and more than 110 new jobs for scientists and allied professions will be created when the Centre opens.
The Centre is being built on Queen’s Institute of Health Sciences campus and will be co-located with the existing City Hospital Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology.
The facility will provide accommodation for some 330 members of staff specialising in research into finding cures for eye disease and diabetes, and the development of a global programme to aid understanding of the genetics of complex chronic diseases.
It is due for completion in spring 2015.
Dr. McDonnell said: “This announcement of the creation of up to 400 construction related jobs and more than 110 health and science jobs when this centre opens is great news.
“Queen’s University Belfast is a key economic driver in Belfast. This latest investment in the local economy gives a much needed boost at a time when a number of construction firms are struggling to find work.
“Not only will the construction sector benefit from this investment but invaluable research work will be carried out at this facility, continuing to advance Queen’s reputation as a work leader in medical research”.