Lambeth College – Nine Elms Campus

Lambeth College – Nine Elms STEAM Centre


Lambeth College is the largest provider of skills training for young people and adults in the London Borough of Lambeth and is an important education facility and a large employer within the Borough.

The redevelopment of the site as an education-led scheme. The revised scheme allows for a substantial increase in educational floorspace, as well as a smaller element of student residential development and a shared workspace as part of a new business incubation and innovation hub


Since the summer of 2017 Peter Marsh Consulting Ltd (PMc) has been working with Lambeth college to develop an education-led redevelopment of their existing site at Nine Elms in Lambeth. A Skills for Growth funding bid was submitted to the London Education Action Partnership (LEAP) in April 2018 which set out the detailed business case for the Science Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths (STEAM) Centre that forms the first phase of the redevelopment of the site.

We worked with the design team led by APLB to deliver a RIBA Stage 2 report, which formed part of the successful bid for £22.5m funding which we wrote to support the construction of the £45m new STEAM Centre on the College’s Nine Elms Campus. In the summer of 2019, following a competitive tender process via the Bloom Framework we were appointed as Project Managers from stage 3b onwards. The building is being designed, following  extensive engagement with stakeholders to ensure that the end result is a transformational learning environment, which inspires learners, responds to employers’ skills needs, meets staff’s requirements and is adaptable to the curricula of the future. The funding bid was successful and the final funding agreement for the project was signed in September 2019.

Taking the space planning brief, we produced as a point of reference, options were explored to reach an optimum depth and primary structural grid to most efficiently provide the room sizes defined by the brief, whilst enabling flexibility and adaptability both internally and in conjunction with glazing and facade solutions.

By establishing a building grid into which standard room sizes fit, internal partition walls could then be located at any point along the length of the plan, flexibility was designed in. By establishing a straightforward and efficient layout with a central corridor, the building design provides for easy navigation and simple circulation routes. Rather than create a single large atrium that is passed through at the start and end of the day, the building includes as series of larger double-height ‘Digital Spine’ spaces at the prominent South-East corner of the building which provide a range of cross-college facilities and create a series of shop-windows looking up to the busier Wandsworth Road.

A core requirement of the brief is to ensure flexibility is designed into the STEAM building, so that it is inclusive, future proofed and sustainable.  The scheme was submitted or planning approval in July 2019 in detailed form with the wider site-wide master plan of a further 28,000 m2 submitted in outline form.

In November 2019 the scheme was considered by Lambeth Council as the Local Planning Authority and a resolution to grant permission was agreed.  In June 2020 the scheme was subsequently referred to and approved by the Mayor for London.  Following completion of Stage 4 design development the project is now out to tender via the Pagabo framework. 

Key Facts

  • Building area: 10,050 m2
  • Total Project Budget:   £45m
  • Start on site: Anticipated Autumn 2020
  • Target completion date: Summer 2022
  • Architects: APLB
  • Technical Advisors: Rock Townsend
  • Funder: London Education Action Partnership (LEAP)
  • Project Manager & Employer’s Agent: Peter Marsh Consulting
  • Cost Consultant: Fulkers Russel Bailey

The Projects Objectives are: 

  • Respond to current and future skills requirements of employers and for over 2,500 full and part-time learners, improve quality of provision and learner satisfaction, progression and success rates;
  • Support over 400 new apprenticeships per year and increased progression to the highest levels of vocational and technical study;
  • Generate 250 construction jobs during the course of construction;
  • Creation of 74 new flexible teaching spaces providing 1,350 student workplaces; and,
  • Establish strong and innovative partnership with employers and local stakeholders.


To read the latest on planning permission for the project, please see the link below:

Project Team

Havant & South Downs College

Havant and South Downs College (HSDC)


Havant and South Downs College (HSDC) have an important role in supporting the acquisition of skills, promotion of learning and supporting the cultural and social development of the town of Havant and its surrounding areas.

PMc were approached by HSDC in 2017 to produce an Estates Strategy for the merger between Havant College and South Downs College. Following the approval of the Estates Strategy and subsequent merger, PMc were retained as client advisors to project manage the outcomes of the piece of work.

In 2018, PMc updated the Estates Strategy to facilitate the merger with Alton College which was approved in February 2019.

Throughout this period PMc have been retained by the College as Client Advisors and Project Managers on the following projects:

  • £200K refurbishment of the South Downs Reception;
  • £150K refurbishment of the Havant Reception;
  • Worked with the College on potential land sale on the South Downs Campus;
  • Submitted bids to the Solent LEP on behalf of the College;
  • Assisted with the proposed sports-led development on the Havant campus; and,

Secured £500K T-Levels funding from the Department for Education.  


HSDC are now currently in the process of implementing its agreed Estates Strategy.  Phase 1 saw the refurbishment of reception areas at both the South Downs and the Havant site, Phase 2 saw over £1M invested in the refurbishment of the Havant site – with further works carried out during summer 2019.

The next phase – which is due to commence in summer 2020 – is to begin the transformation of the South Downs campus main building to create a central hub to the college, enhance the students experience and meet modern learning needs. The transformation of this space will also include the creation of a new home for T-Level courses in construction and digital industries.

Main Building Transformation: Objectives

  • Building Area (Refurbishment): 4,859m2 across two floors.
  • Total Project Budget: £6M; Part T-Level Funded;
  • Start Date: Easter 2020;
  • Planned Completion Dates: September 2020 & September 2021;
  • Architects: LTS;
  • Main Contractor: TBC;
  • M&E Consultants: Elementa;
  • Employer’s Agent, Project Managers, Bid Writers & Cost Consultant: Peter Marsh Consulting



“I appointed Peter and PMc to work with us to lead the estates work-stream and develop our property strategy because of his track record of leading major developments at Farnham and elsewhere, the respect with which he is held by our regulator (the SFA), and the confidence he inspires in potential funders including the Solent LEP and other partners. The PMc team have demonstrated empathy with our vision and have already helped shape the merger advisory board’s early thinking. We look forward to working with Peter and his team to develop an accommodation strategy for the new college that is ambitious, deliverable and firmly rooted in the educational mission of the new institution.”

Mike Gaston, Principal and Chief Executive of South Downs College

Project Team

2020 South Downs Main Building
2018 Havant Refurbishment Works
2017 South Downs Reception Remodelling

Fareham College – Bishopsfield Road Campus

Fareham College, Bishopsfield Road Campus


We have worked with Fareham College to create new learning spaces that will help shape the future careers of thousands of young people and adults.

We worked with the College to develop an ambitious property strategy that helped raise the necessary funding to invest £28m between 2013 and 2016 in new technology and facilities which will provide learners from Fareham, Gosport and surrounding areas with the very best educational experience.

The College’s new £12 million Centre for Excellence in Engineering Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training – CEMAST – opened in September 2014; it exceeded its 900 learner recruitment target in its first two years of operation and has won numerous accolades from the Solent LEP and Hampshire County Council as well as awards from the Civic Trust, LABC and Space.

In the summer of 2014 a £9.5m site sale of excess land owned by the college was agreed with Bloor Homes creating 110 new homes adjacent to the main campus.

The main campus at Bishopsfield Road offers courses in art, design, photography, fashion and graphics, performing arts, music, hospitality and catering, beauty and hairdressing, travel and tourism, construction, business, computing and digital industries.

The detailed space planning of the site allowed the new development to remain at the right size and fund major improvements to it including the sale of excess land which was developed into a residential area

Work on the new £16 million Bishopsfield Road Campus at Fareham College started in June 2014 and the new campus was opened on time to learners in September 2015. The release of land at the southern site of the campus saw the creation of 110 new homes by residential developer; Bloor Homes. The £9.5m receipt from the advanced site disposal, together with £5m from the Government’s Skills Funding Agency have helped create state-of-the-art facilities for the College’s learners with workshops, laboratories, studios and training suites ensuring that students learn in realistic working environments. The new campus offers 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.

The works included a 2,000m2 new building with a selection of studios for Digital Industries, Hair & Beauty, Performing Arts, Media and Music plus extensive internal refurbishment and re-cladding of four 1960s buildings to create workshops and classrooms to support learners aiming at careers in construction, health, sports, public services, the arts and childcare.

With an all-in spend of just £2,160 per square metre (including VAT) the BRC project demonstrates how the re-use of existing buildings can help deliver both value for money as well as environmentally sustainable building developments.

The photographs taken throughout the construction process demonstrate the extent of the transformation while the College continued to operate and expand its apprenticeship learner numbers throughout the duration of the project.

In the Autumn of 2017 Fareham College was designated an Outstanding College by Ofsted, with its investment in learning accommodation that reflected real life working environments being noted as a key strength.

Key Facts

  • Building Area: 7,400m2 including 2,000 m2 of new buildings.
  • Total Project Budget: £16M;
  • Funders: Skills Funding Agency and Fareham College;
  • Start Date: July 2014;
  • Completion Date: August 2015;
  • Architects: Perkins Ogden;
  • Main Contractor: Bougues UK Ltd;
  • M&E Consultants: RHB;
  • Structural Engineers: Scott White Hookins.
  • Cost Consultant & Employer’s Agent: AECOM.
  • Site Sale Agent: Hughs Ellard (now Vale Williams).
  • Client Director: Peter Marsh

The Projects Objectives:

  • redevelop the main campus to create an outstanding and inspiring learning environment;
  • space plan the new campus to release surplus land, reduce operating costs and maximise the use of retained space for learning;
  • provide learning facilities for students to be educated for ‘in demand’ industries from digital, science, construction, health, education, hospitality and the arts.

Additional project benefits:

  • In 2017 Fareham College was designated an Outstanding College by Ofsted;
  • Fareham College was named the 2018 AoC College of the year;


“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 as 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 and his team delivered it!”

Nigel Duncan, Principal and Chief Executive of Fareham College

Project Team

The Henley College

The Henley College


The Henley College is located in Henley, Oxfordshire it was formed in 1987 from the merger of the prior South Oxfordshire Technical College and the Henley 6th Form.  Offering a range of both academic and vocational courses, the Sixth Form College operates over their two sites of Rotherfield and Deanfield.

Carrying out further studies that would enable the potential for land disposal across the two sites, in order to raise capital to reinvest in the college. This involved – in partnership with architects APLB, the creation of massing drawings, organising relevant surveys and submitting a preplanning application for the local council. 

Subsequently in 2018 and 2019 PMc have project managed a number of refurbishment works.  


In consideration of levels of underutilised space and site composition from Victorian, grade A listed to 1980 builds, PMc were initially approached by the College in 2017 to develop an Estates Strategy and long-term plans for the two campuses. This was developed with attention to provision for both planned growth and financial sustainability. Following the approval of the Estates Strategy, PMc were retained as the Colleges’ client advisors to project manage the next phase of works which have comprised the creation of STEM spaces in a number of existing buildings.

Key Facts

Heading #1
Building area (Refurbishment)
661 sqm across the two sites
Total Project Costs
OxLEP & The Henley College
Start on site
June 2019
Completion date
September 2019
Main contractor
Project Manager, Employer’s Agent & Cost Consultant
Peter Marsh Consulting Ltd

The Projects Objectives were: 

  • 661m2 of refurbishments across the two sites;
  • 288m2 creation of a Digital & Creative Arts Hub to improve access between the Rotherfield site and the R4 arts buildings, with further provision of a mac suite, sculpture garden and digital arts facilities;
  • D1 Deanfield refurbishment to create a 373 m2 modern, spacious Digital Skills & Enterprise Hub, named the ‘Cuthbert Suite’. Located near the campus entrance this new space provides a flexible study space with a digital skills café, careers services, pop-up enterprise space and larger digital skills teaching space to support student engagement with future career opportunities.



I would like to thank you and your team for helping us to deliver our vision which we set out in January 2017 – PMc have guided us well with our development plans to deliver parts of the vision in a different way to our original plan. It has been a pleasure working with you and your partners to have had the projects delivered well on time, within budget and with the least inconvenience to staff and students.”

Satwant Deol, Principal  


“I just wanted to send my thanks for giving the art department an amazing new space and facilities to work from. I went for a walk around today and I have seen the final images and it all looks incredible. It is an ideal space for the art department – the students are going to love being up there.

It is a great asset to the department as well as the college and I am very grateful to you all. Thanks for the hard work and commitment that has been put into setting it up for the area. These rooms along with the new Mac suit will give students and staff the perfect foundation to build on the creative arts area and move it forward. 

I’m very excited to see it all being used this year.”

Sarah Wilson, Curriculum Leader for Creative Industries


“I am pleased that with PMc’s support and vision, the projects from last and this summer have delivered on all of the above and importantly are excellent solutions

I have been told by a number of staff and governors, that projects in the past failed to deliver to the same standards as these recent ones, so we should be pleased with our collective performance, but also that we’ve set a high standard and improved the level of confidence amongst stakeholders in our ability to deliver successful projects.”

Ashok Patel, Interim Director of Finance and Operations


“I just wanted to say thank you to you both for the new media suite. I appreciate the amount of work and money that has gone into it and I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am. It is the most gorgeous room, it’s going to be amazing. I can’t wait to start teaching in it. Thank you so much for your support and for everything.”

Sarah Wilson, Curriculum Leader for Creative Industries



Project Team

The Loddon School

The Loddon School


The Loddon School is an independent residential school, providing year-round education and care for children who have complex learning difficulties and who can no longer live at home due to their exceptional support needs. 

The school estate comprises a mix of  buildings developed over time between the 1860s and 1930s, with more recent purpose-built buildings; providing homes, education, leisure, play, outings and holidays for some 28 children and staff members.

The Loddon School is rated Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ and the delivery of new purpose-built homes for its students is a core part of its strategy to provide the very best environment for both learning and care for the young people it serves.


PMc was appointed to develop an Estates Strategy in the Spring of 2018, this was completed and approved by the Board of Trustees in September 2018.  The Strategy provides a long-term estates route map to meet the school’s strategic estate needs and bring all of the school’s pupil-focused accommodation onto the main site and out of the Main House into purpose-built homes. Following the adoption of the Strategy, the Loddon School is proceeding in 2019/20 with the delivery of the first phase of a three-phase project. 

Phase 1 involves the construction of the ‘Forest Oak’ houses, which comprise two, 260 m2 single-storey houses, with associated external works to provide living, learning and sleeping accommodation for up to 12 children. PMc are acting as the Client’s Representative, Project Manager, Employer’s Agent and Quantity Surveyor on this project alongside the retained design team led by APLB architects.

Key Facts

Heading #1
Building area
520 sqm
Planning Authority
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Total Phase 1 project costs
Construction cost for Phase 1
Start on site
January 2019
Target completion date
September 2020
Architecture PLB
Main contractor
TBC – Currently out to tender
Project manager, Employers agent & Cost consultant
Peter Marsh Consulting

The Projects Objectives are: 

  • Develop an Estates Strategy to provide a long-term map of the schools’ estate needs.
  • Construction & Development of two single-storey residences to accommodate the needs of 12 students as part of phase one delivery.
  • Delivery of the subsequent two phases of development including the creation of a new two-storey building to accommodate the younger learners at the School.


Project Team

Lambeth College – Brixton Campus

Lambeth College – Brixton


PMc acted as the client representative on this innovative educational redevelopment, designed by STEM Architects, which sees Lambeth College share a new-build space with Trinity Free School and a new UTC sponsored London South Bank University.

The planning application for the wider site development was submitted in October 2015 by Bowmer & Kirkland and their architects Jesitco & Whiles who designed and built the overall campus.  At PMc we managed the decant of the existing college learners into temporary accommodation in December 2015 to enable work to start on the new build site in January 2016. We also helped procure furniture for Trinity Free School at the same time.

In April 2016, PMc were appointed to provide an end to end Client Advice, Project Management, Cost Consultancy and Employer’s Agent services to oversee the £3m fit out of 2,010 square metres of shell and core space which was handed over to the College in June 2017 by Bowmer & Kirkland.

We managed the appointment of an internal fit-out design team comprising STEM architects and King Shaw MEP consultants and subsequently managed the procurement of Gilbert Ash as a specialist fit-out contractor who we started on site in June and completed their £2.5m construction fit out programme in just 12 extremely busy weeks.  We then managed the procurement of all loose furniture, AV and wayfinding – managing the installation process alongside practical completion ready for the start of the September 2017 term.

We worked collaboratively with the College, Trinity Free School, the ESFA and their partners to ensure that the decant works were properly scoped and planned, transport and travel plan information was supplied to support the planning application, and staff were kept informed of developments throughout.

The finished project saw the existing site demolished and rebuilt as a brand new 2-5 storey building featuring a multi-use gaming area, a new sports hall, external play/seating/social spaces, relocation of the grade II listed fountain sculpture, soft landscaping, cycle parking and additional disabled car parking.

Key Facts

Heading #1
Start on site
October 2015
Completion date
September 2017
STEM Architects
King Shaw Associates
Main contractor
Gilbert Ash
Client Advisors, Project Managers and Cost Consultants
Peter Marsh Consulting Ltd

The Projects Objectives were:

  • To act as client representative to Lambeth College to oversee this large-scale educational redevelopment.
  • To provide an end to end Client Advice, Project Management, Cost Consultancy and Employer’s Agent service to oversee the £3m fit out of the shell and core space.
  • To work collaboratively with the College, Trinity Free School, the ESFA and their partners to ensure that the decant works were properly scoped and planned

Additional project benefits:

  • Our work forLambeth College also helped it define its vision in advance of its merger with LSBU and it will help to generate a significant capital receipt that will improve outcomes both for learners and for their financial security.
  • Our work forLambeth College also includes our Client Director role for the fit-out of a £12m new build project on the Clapham Campus, which we completed in October 2015, and acting as Client Director, Project Manager, and Employer’s Agent for the £3m fit-out of a new ESOL centre on the Brixton Campus, which completed on time and under budget in September 2017.

Project Team

Lambeth College – Clapham Campus

Lambeth College – Clapham


PMc have provided Capital Delivery Services to Lambeth College over major projects covering their there three sites in: Brixton, Vauxhall and Clapham. Our earliest involvement was on the 2015 construction of a 4,000 m2 new building at the Clapham site.

This £12.4m project with a construction value of £8m, commenced in October 2014 and completed in October 2015 with a phased handover to ensure that the core teaching spaces were available at the start of the September 2015 term. The scope included the creation of 25 general purpose classrooms, a full size sports hall, nursery and associated staff support spaces over three floors.

Since its opening the on-site nursery has achieved a number of notable accolades including gaining 3rd place position in the 2019 Nursery World Awards and an Ofsted Outstanding certification.


Following the departure of the College’s Director of Estates. PMc took on the role of Client-Side Project Manager for the Clapham Campus works. This involved regular liaison with the employer’s agent and Graham’s who were the appointed contractor to ensure the timely completion of the project to the required scope, quality and budget.

Our remit included responsibility for managing procurement of the furniture, fittings and equipment (FFE), comprising installation of audio visual interactive screens into each teaching space, the procurement of all classrooms and office furniture and the commissioning and installation inspirational signage and way-finding.

Our close management of this process together with collaborative working with the main contractor ensured that the project achieved tight milestones on time; with completion of the the college fit-out taking just 4 days, allowing the upper floors to be ready for occupation in August and with the building being opened to students just one week after practical completion (PC).

Key Facts

  • Size: 4,000 m2;
  • Started on Site: October 2014;
  • Completion Date: October 2015;
  • Contractor: Grahams;
  • Architects: STEM;
  • Project managers & Cost consultants: Faithful and Gould;
  • Client Project Manager: Peter Marsh Consulting.

Project Team

City & Islington College

City and Islington College


Back in 2000 City and Islington College operated over 13 sites across the boroughs of Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets.  The estate had been neglected under previous Local Authority control and consisted of seven Victorian London School Board properties, three poorly built late 1950s schools and a number of early 19th century buildings. The experience for students was poor. Buckets were used to catch drips from the roofs, rooms were the wrong size, windows were draughty and the heating broke down. The 1950s buildings had ventilation problems; lighting was often inadequate, drains flooded and many toilets were very unpleasant.

The cost of running the estate was high and the utilisation of space was very inefficient. In 1999, under the Principalship of Tom Jupp and Chairmanship of Jack Morris, the College had raised just over £25m towards their ambitions through the sale of a major site near the City of London.  But the total cost or replacing or refurbishing all 35,000m2 was estimated at £50m and the College faced the possibility of a two-tier estate. The College was blessed with a Governing Body that was not daunted by the challenge it faced but determined to create the best learning environments in FE.

The Projects Included:

  • Sixth Form College at the Angel completed and opened September 2003, Architects: van Heyningen and Haward, Main contractor: Vinci – Norwest Holst 8,500m2
  • Centre for Lifelong Learning at Finsbury Park completed and opened in January 2004, Architects: Wilkinson Eyre, Main contractor: Geoffrey Osborne Ltd, 7,400m2
  • Centre for Applied Sciences refurbishment completed 2004, Architects: Gollifer Langston Associates, Main contractor: Vinci – Norwest Holst, 4,100m2
  • Centre for Business, Arts and Technology at Camden Road, Holloway, completed 2005, Architects: Wilkinson Eyre, Main contractor: William Verry, 10,500m2
  • Centre for Health, Social and Child Care, & administrative headquarters, partly refurbished in 2004, 4,500m2

Key Facts

  • By working closely with the Principal, external advisors, governors and senior civil servants in the DFe and the then LSC, Peter Marsh led the creation of an accommodation strategy (‘Building a Better College’) that successfully levered an additional £14m from the LSC to part-fund works to a new 6th Form College at the Angel, Islington, a new Centre for Lifelong Learning at Finsbury Park and a complete remodelling of the College’s Centre for Businss Arts and Technology (CBAT) at Camden Road, Holloway. 
  • The 6th Form location was switched from Finsbury Park to the Angel, almost as a condition of funding; this was some feat as the building still opened on time and on budget despite this fundamental shift in brief at stage D of the design process.
  • This plan was costed at £50 million in 2001 and the final £64 million spend by 2006 was made possible because of rising property values reflected in the disposal of the old sites allowed the scope of works to expand to include a major refurbishment and new build at the CBAT site. By carefully phasing the site sales with the letting of each building contract the college was able to lever substantial additional benefits into the programme, particularly in ICT and the replacement of tired furniture and equipment.
  • The Capital Projects Team that was led by Peter managed and accounted for the whole operation from 2000 onwards. The team comprised 13 people at the height of the programme in 2003/04; in addition to the building and fit out the team organised 20 separate moves of staff and equipment.  The complex process of site sales and acquisition involved the purchase of a church, a site designated for a hotel and the conversion of several London School Board buildings into smart new apartments. To maximise the value to the College Peter led the appointment of the design teams for the residential conversions and secured planning permission for them prior to sale.

The Projects Objectives are: 

  • To create a world-class learning environment for the benefit of all students at the College.
  • To create five centres of academic and vocational excellence, across four sites in Islington – all part of one amazing college.
  • reduce the running costs of the estate and improve the utilisation of the space available.
  • To improve student experience by improving the conditions and quality of the buildings which had been previously neglected.
  • To raise enough funding for the college to carry out the much needed £64m refurbishment and new build developments.


The Result

This was the most ambitious accommodation programme in the history of further education at that time. The overall size of the estate went from 38,000 square metres to 35,000 square metres whilst accommodating growth in student numbers. The final capital cost was £64 million. Over £50million of this was paid for by the college itself from site sale proceeds with no burden of debt afterwards and no loss of quality and direction for students during the period of redevelopment.

The buildings set new design standards on incredibly tight budgets and were recognised by the Civic Trust Awards, the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Awards, the American Institute of Architects Awards plus the Islington Society Architecture & Conservation Award.  The creation of the 5 new centres on 4 sites, all part of one amazing College, was both a physical and cultural change programme. The consolidation and focusing the curriculum on each site has since enabled the college, under the leadership of Frank McLoughlin, to build communities of excellent teaching practice that have subsequently been recognised in Outstanding Ofsted grades and the Queens Anniversary Prize.

University of Chichester

University of Chichester


PMc have had a long-standing relationship with the University of Chichester (UoC), starting in 2016 and still going strong today. Our involvement with the University has run over three phases, detailed below, and has covered operations at both its campuses in Chichester (Bishop Otter) and Bognor Regis.


In 2016 we worked alongside the university as client sponsors in the creation of the Engineering and Digital Technology Park (TECH Park) at their Bognor site. The objective of the site was to bring together science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics courses on one state-of-the-art site, with purpose-built facilities to provide hand on experience in partnership with local industry for students.

Key Facts

  • Building Size: 9,200 sqm;
  • Total Project Costs: £30.5M;
  • Start on Site: November 2016;
  • Completion date: June 2016;
  • Architect: Stride Treglown;
  • Contractors: Galliford Try plc & Dodds;
  • Client Sponsor: Peter Marsh Consulting;
  • Cost Consultant: AECOM.

Project Team

The Guernsey Institute: Guernseys New Provider of Further and Higher Education

The Guernsey Institute: Guernseys New Provider of Further and Higher Education


In 2019 there were three on-island providers for further and higher education: the Guernsey College of Further Education (GCFE), the GTA University Centre (GTA UC), and the Institute for Health & Social Care Studies (IHSCS).In January 2018, the States directed the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture to create a single organisation which will deliver full-time and part-time technical, professional and vocational studies for the Bailiwick of Guernsey, by integrating the existing three providers. It is also the Committee’s intention to partner with a UK university to obtain University College status. Peter Marsh Consulting Limited was commissioned to provide a report on the further and higher estate planning.


Most of the Estates Strategies that we write at PMc remain confidential documents but in this case our report was shared openly with Elected Members and the public. The full report can be downloaded from the link below (please note: due to size restrictions it has been separated into two main documents with 3 appendices.)


As part of the work taking place to integrate the three providers of further and higher education in Guernsey, Peter Marsh Consulting (PMc) was commissioned to consider the space requirements of the future organisation. Previously PMc carried out an analysis of the minimum education space requirements for the two extensions at Les Beaucamps High School and St Sampson High School. PMc have significant expertise in working with further and higher education organisations to develop space planning requirements and manage the delivery of further education building projects.

1.0 Condition and functionality assessment

Whilst most areas are operational, the College of Further Education facilities are ‘some of the least fit for purpose, most dispersed and uninspiring FE spaces that we have seen in the FE sector’. Observations of the Institute of Health and Social Care Studies (TI) and the GTA show a much higher quality of provision, providing the minimum baseline standard for any new build.

2.0 Space availability and space requirements

The current college data ‘suggests that the College has twice as much teaching space as may be theoretically required’. Current levels of utilisation are low. The curriculum planning for the Guernsey Institute appears well suited to the future new organisation; it does not assume that current plans should form the basis of actual recruitment and instead it builds in a modest amount of growth over and above the existing amount of learner activity.


PMc recommends adopting space utilisation targets that would see a substantial improvement in the use of space; whilst the targets proposed are marginally lower than those sometimes adopted for English new builds, they remain at the higher end of utilisation targets achieved in English colleges. Importantly, the lower levels of target utilisation proposed for workshop activities reflects the smaller cohorts anticipated for specialist activities; these would more likely to be rationalised across providers in an English setting, thus allowing for better utilisation than can be realistically achieved in Guernsey.


If the new Institute is located on the Les Ozouets site (LOC), a total area of just under 10,400 m2 is deemed appropriate, allowing for all of the required teaching spaces across the three strands of the existing institutions. This area has been arrived at after taking into account the fact that the Performing Arts spaces may be around 1,900 m2 larger than is strictly needed for curriculum purposes, and after having made modest adjustments to account for some of the specialist needs of the existing GTA and the Institute for Health and Social Care. PMc recommends a new build requirement of 8,173 m2 if the Institute is based at LOC and around 8,400 m2 if it built elsewhere. This is substantially lower than the c14,000 m2 recommended in earlier studies.


Potential additional requirements of other services currently based on the College sites were also considered. The Youth Commission requires c.600 m2.Their requirement for the shared use of a sports hall for use (which is not required in the Institute) means that an alternative location e.g. co-located with a school, on the existing grammar school site or at Beau Séjour, is preferable. The Music Service requires circa 370 m2 of discrete headquarters, storage and practice space. They currently access c550 m2 of space at the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) on a Saturday morning and use around 660 m2 of space at LOC and the grammar school at the same time; whether the HQ space and sharing of 660 m2 of other space are best located with the Institute or at the Les Beaucamps site should be subject to further evidence-based evaluation at the next stage. Careers and Student Finance – it is recommended that circa 90 m2 be included within the new build requirements of the Institute given its close links with education and careers.

3.0 Location

A range of options has been evaluated and LOC scored higher than all the others because of the benefits of co-locating with the Performing Arts Centre and the size of the site, which lends itself to being developed in a single phase. The site also provides further capacity for a community hub or an international university to be added at a later stage.

4.0 Design Brief

An RIBA 0 stage brief has been developed as follows:

(1) Professional and Technical Training Centre (working title only) c6,217 m2.This would be the main new building – probably a three-storey building with central facilities such as café, library, and social area together with a range of general purpose classrooms and art, media and IT studios plus spaces for health, hair/beauty and other specialist spaces that do not require high volume spaces. We envisage a discrete floor (or other zone) within the building for higher level and professional programmes, with dedicated conference and refreshment facilities to which access could be controlled by swipe-card. There would be a shared reception plus a careers, advice and guidance service.

(2) Performing Arts Centre c2,200 m2.The existing space would become part of the Guernsey Institute.There are options to design (1) in such a way as to extend the welcoming reception of the Performing Arts building into the new Professional andTechnicalTraining Centre. 

(3) New Vocational Workshop Buildings c2,063 m2. These activities require larger volume spaces which will allow for a simple steel frame design to be adopted. Activities such as construction, motor vehicle and mechanical engineering could be housed in this part of the campus.

5.0 Programme and Phasing

It should be possible to build both elements of the new buildings required to deliver the Guernsey Institute in a single phase of works. An element of demolition and decant of both the Music Service and theYouth Commission will be required on the LOC site to free up space for development. A construction management plan will be required to ensure the safe and effective continued occupancy of existing PAC and college operations during the build phase. After allowing for similar timescales for design, planning and build phases, an opening date of September 2023 is considered deliverable.

6.0 Costs

Based on an allowance of £4,000 per square metre and a new build area of 8,200 m2 for the baseline institute, plus 90 m2 for Careers and Finance, there is a budget cost of £33.16m.With the Music Service on the same site and an extra allowance for their core area of 370 m2 plus 25% circulation space this might require an additional budget cost of around £1.85m. Taken together this suggests a new build budget allowance of £33mto £35m at today’s prices. Once the need to fund decant costs (including for the Music Service and the Youth Commission); and, allowances for demolition, additional external works, programme risk, contingency and inflation are provided, a total capital allocation in the order of £40 – £45m may be considered reasonable.Based on UK benchmark data, each square metre of education space costs £80-£100 in estates spend per year. Reducing the area from 16,725 m2 to 10,480 m2 gives a reduction of 6,245 m2, potentially saving circa £500,000- £625,000 in running costs per year1 . N.B. this saving excludes the substantial costs of major repair work to the fabric of existing buildings which will also be required in the next 5 to 20 years under a do-nothing scenario.