Isle of Wight College
The Isle of Wight College is an FE college of 28,296m2, located centrally on the island in the principal town ofNewport. The College operates from two campuses known as the main campus and the CECAMM campus. There has been significant investment in new buildings over the last 12 years, including most recently the creation of CECAMM, P Block, S Block and the Pathways buildings completed in 2017.
Business Centre Project
PMc have worked with Fareham College, the Isle of Wight College and Hampshire County Council to deliver a Business Centre at each of the Colleges to support Hampshire County Council and to provide flexible working space for local enterprises.
The new Business Centre, opening June 2022, was created out of a dormant, and poorly used, space in one of our blocks (L). The space was open plan and had not been used effectively in any number of configurations.
With Peter Marsh Consulting, and their Project Managers, a plan was established to isolate this space into two rooms that would be presented in a style similar to the highest quality conference facilities expected in some of our major city Hotels. The design brief was essentially about creating space that challenged the expectations of accommodation traditionally found in a school/college environment, and would be different in every form.
The use of full glass walls on three sides of this new room, with an additional breakout small meeting room (with excellent views of the College campus and beyond), has most certainly achieved that objective. Effective selection of furniture allows for the formatting of the main room to be anything from traditional conference to small group work. High quality audio-visual hardware ensures that delegates can engage fully in current teleconferencing and to the highest of standard.
The projects management was excellent with a great stress on client engagement and participation throughout. The project managers were very adaptive to the needs and interests of the College with the result that the outcome has exceeded expectations. Given that the objective was to provide an environment within the College that employers would feel represented them, and the standards they may expect when attending significant national and international conferences, the completed facility more than achieves that. Supplementary works to the local environment around it have also helped ensure the uniqueness of the accommodation within the College.
Our summary review is that anyone attending the new Centre will be amazed and surprised that such high quality accommodation is available on the Island, and that it is bespoke to their needs as employers and members of the community.