We are creating new learning spaces to help shape the future careers of thousands of young people and adults. We are investing £28m between 2013 and 2015 in new technology and facilities to help provide learners from Fareham, Gosport and surrounding areas with the very best educational experience. Put simply, our aim is to build an outstanding College.
Our new £12 million Centre for Excellence in Engineering Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training – CEMAST – opened this September. Work on the new £16 million Bishopsfield Road Campus at Fareham College started in June 2014. We are creating state-of-the-art facilities for our new learners with workshops, laboratories, studios and training suites that enable students to learn in realistic working environments. The new campus will offer workshops for a wide range of Construction trades, a Digital Industries Lab, a fully integrated Media, Music and Performing Arts Suite, plus an on-site Gym and Sports Centre. Our commercially successful Avenue 141 fine dining restaurant and newly opened Salon 141 will continue to offer our students a working dimension to their studies. The Bishopsfield Road Campus promises to offer the very best vocational training in Hampshire.
Staff at the Fareham establishment say they are ‘absolutely thrilled’ with the result which see’s the college in Bishopsfield Road receive the highest accolade for the first time in its 33-year history.
It had been a strategic objective, some would say a ‘dream’, of Fareham College for many years to secure sufficient capital investment funds to transform its campus. Its learning environments were dated, tired and inefficient. It needed to create modern efficient and attractive facilities if it was going to compete against local organisations that were already enjoying new and attractive facilities.
As Principal, I had a vision, but I needed someone to bring it to fruition. Peter Marsh presented the ideal solution; knowledgeable about further education, an expert in project management and with astute financial management, Peter gave Fareham College the required expertise to deliver the ‘dream’. Through the development and implementation of a multi-phase £28m capital investment project, Peter, and the team he led, delivered a combination of new build and refurbishment of the entire college over two campuses in just 1000 days, on time and within budget.
The projects included site acquisition and disposal well as the build projects, their fit out and commissioning. The CEMAST project has gained national recognition for its attractive and efficient learning environments. Fareham College had the vision, Peter Marsh delivered it!
Nigel Duncan, Principal, Fareham College