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

CECAMM & Isle of Wight College

Isle of Wight – CECAMM


The Isle of Wight College has secured approval to a £11 million bid to develop a new 3,000m2 Centre of Excellence for Composites, Marine and Advanced Manufacturing from the Solent LEP, as part of its investment commitment to the future skills needs of the Solent economy. The facility will be located in Whippingham, East Cowes, offering specialised education and training for around 600 students.
The bid for funding for this project was led by GKN Aerospace and suppor ted by other local employers in the composites, marine and advanced manufacturing industries.

Our Role

PMc Ltd have been appointed by the Solent LEP to provide project assurance and advice to the College and the LEP on the delivery of the new Centre of Excellence for Composite, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine. We were appointed in September 2015 and we have worked with the College, their contractor and the project manager to close a £2m gap in the project budget, and we’re delighted that contracts were entered into in December – on budget and in scope. The Contract with construction partners, Balfour Beatty, was let in December 2015, work started on site in February 2016 with the frame and ground works progressing well at July 2016.

The new Centre opened to learners in September 2017.  Throughout the construction period PMc supported the College and the Solent LEP in the delivery of this important project – bringing our skills, knowledge and experience to help create an outstanding new learning environment on the Isle of Wight.


Peter Marsh was appointed by the Solent LEP to help the Isle of Wight College and its professional team address a £2m difference between the available funds and the post tender cost packages on the College’s flagship ‘Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine’. His first priority was to clearly understand the College’s strategic priorities for this project and how it would benefit the students and employers. Peter’s comprehensive experience enabled him to quickly identify a broad range of solutions and devise a robust and structured framework for addressing the identified gap which built on the Value Engineering process that the College had commenced. With clear targets set and a timetable for action agreed, the College and their advisors were able to bring the project back within budget whilst preserving the required level of contingency to offset identified risks.  Peter’s no nonsense approach and significant experience of working with LEPs and contractors on other projects helped us secure the funding for the project and maintain the confidence of the LEP in our combined ability to deliver.

Debbie Lavin, Principal, Isle of Wight College


The Solent LEP is committed to an ambitious programme of investment to support economic growth and raise productivity levels in the Solent. Developing the areas pipeline of marine engineering skills forms an important part of our investment programme, and the Isle of Wight’s Centre of Excellence for Composite, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine is a key project for the LEP.  The LEP approached Peter Marsh Consulting to assist the College with delivery of the project.  Peter has worked effectively with the College, their advisors and the LEP’s due diligence consultant to ensure the project has a solid basis for delivery.

Stuart Baker, Head of Local Growth, Solent LEP

Tower Hamlets Town Hall

Tower Hamlets Town Hall


Tower Hamlets Town Hall project is one of the most significant building regeneration projects to take place in London. In renovating and repurposing the unoccupied Royal London Hospital as the new permanent residence for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets the Council will be breathing new life into this landmark building whilst bringing public services together in Whitechapel.

First opened in 1759 the Georgian hospital has been a site of esteemed medical history from the care provided in treating injured soldiers in both world wars, pioneering heart surgery, and providing training The for two centuries’ of young doctors.


PMc are the Strategic Client Advisors on this landmark scheme and have supported the project from its infancy. In 2015 we helped to write the business case to review alternative options for the location of the town hall and refurbishment of the former hospital. Peter has continued to support the Council and its in-house team of client project managers in the development of detailed plans for the restoration and new build through to planning, the appointment of the main contractor (Bouygues UK) and the commencement of construction|on site..

Key Facts

Heading #1
Total project costs
Start on site
August 2018
Target completion date
Main contractor
Bouygues UK Ltd
Employers agent & cost consultant
Turner & Townsend
Client advisors
Peter Marsh Consulting Ltd
Client project managers
Place Directorate London Borough of Tower Hamlets

The Projects Objectives are: 

  • To provide a ground floor accessible, free-flowing interface between members of the public and the council;
  • Facilitate relocation of council administrative, democratic and customer activities from several rented premises into the new Town Hall;
  • Bring an Historical Landmark building back to public life preserving its use for future generations.

Additional project benefits:

  • Within 8 years, following sale (or re-use) of current offices the council will recover the project costs and start generating annual savings in running costs;
  • Enhanced public accessibility in a new location next to Whitechapel’s new transport hub at the heart of Cross-rail.

Project Team