Future Skills Centre – Bordon

The Future Skills Centre – Bordon

Introduction

The Future Skills Centre, which was designed by Perkins Ogden Architects, now marks the entrance to new Louisburg employment zone in Bordon which is a key part of the redevelopment of the former Army barracks by East Hampshire District Council and their partners at Enterprise M3 LEP and Hampshire County Council. The project’s investment was approved and formed part of the regeneration of the area to enhance the local and regional economy by providing a centre of excellence for construction skills training.

Overview

PMc were appointed as Client Director by Hampshire County Council,  Hampshire Futures Team. Our role entailed writing the funding bid to the Enterprise M3 LEP, producing the draft business plan and outline curriculum plans, liaising with CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) on the design and business model for the new centre, assisting in the appointment of the contractor, preparing for Gateway Review meetings, helping with the appointment of the operating partner, and chairing regular project meetings throughout the duration of the project.

The planning application for the new centre was submitted in September 2015 and approved in November. Works started on site in the summer of 2016 and the Centre opened for learners in the autumn of 2017.

Key Facts

Heading #1
Total project costs
£4M
Start on site
February 2016
Completion date
September 2017
Architects
Perkins Ogden Architects / Hampshire County Council Property Services
Main contractor
Interserve
Building area
1000 sqm
Employers agent & cost consultant
Aecom
Client project manager
Peter Marsh Consulting Ltd

The Projects Objectives were: 

  • Provision of just over 1,000 m2 of construction and other training facilities to meet employer demand in Bordon ;
  • Creation of three industry standard workshops, three general purpose teaching spaces and a dynamic concourse acting as a ‘shop window’ to the Future Skills Centre and the wider employment zone;
  • Creation of a functional space to serve the local community – for adult education, conferences and community events.

Testimonial

“We chose to work with Peter and his team on this project based on the successful delivery of the CEMAST project in Fareham and his strong understanding of both the construction process and FE curriculum delivery. The project has faced a number of legal, funding and design challenges which Peter has helped us work through with tenacity and drive. We very much look forward to welcoming the first cohort of learners into the new centre in the Autumn of 2017 and for the FSC to become a key part of the local economy – supporting the construction industry and local community in equal measure.”

Phillip Walker, Head of Future Skills, Hampshire County Council

Building new careers in Whitehill and Bordon
www.hants.gov.uk

Building the future has begun at Whitehill and Bordon’s brand new Future Skills Centre – and the new training facility has been officially opened by the Minister of State for Employment, Damian Hinds MP.

GALLERY: BCOT officially handed over new site
www.basingstokegazette.co.uk

A Basingstoke college has officially taken on a new centre designed to train up the construction professionals of the future.

Project Team

Havant & South Downs College

Havant and South Downs College (HSDC)

Introduction

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.  

Overview

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

 

Testimonial

“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

CETC

Fareham College - Civil Engineering Training Centre (CETC)

Introduction

The new Fareham College Civil Engineering Training Centre (CETC) project provides a permanent home for the College’s pioneering Civil Engineering and Ground Works Apprenticeships which has been developed in direct response to employer needs.  

The £4m project provides just over 1,000 square metres of high quality teaching and learning space adjacent to the College’s award winning CEMAST project on the Solent Airport site.

PMc performed the roles of Bid writers, Client Advisors, Project Managers and Cost Consultants in the delivery of this project working closely with the College, Hampshire County Council Property Services (the Architects to Stage 4), Amiri (the main contractor), Blanchard Wells (lead ground works subcontractor) and the team from the Solent LEP.

Overview

The business case for the new premises was developed in response to a to a nation-wide skills shortage which is having an impact on the deliverability of major civil engineering works in the south and Solent area. As a result, this innovative employer-led project will deliver more than 1,600 groundwork and civil engineering apprenticeships, with the high quality classroom space being utilised to teach higher level professional construction courses such as Building Surveying and Project Management. 

Key Facts

Heading #1
Building size
1000 sqm
Total project costs (including land purchase)
£4M
Start on site
January 2019
Completion date
October 2019
Architects
HCC Property Services
Main contractor
Amiri Construction
Employers agent & cost consultant
Peter Marsh Consulting

Projects Objectives:

  • Deliver first class apprenticeships
  • Provide a functional site for both classroom and practical teaching

Project Team

The Henley College

The Henley College

Introduction

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.  

Overview

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
£1M
Funders
OxLEP & The Henley College
Start on site
June 2019
Completion date
September 2019
Architects
LTS
Main contractor
Fasset
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.

 

Testimonial

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