The new Centre for Excellence in Engineering & Manufacturing Advance Skills Training or CEMAST brings together all the Automotive, Engineering and Manufacturing courses run by Fareham College on a single site at Daedalus airfield in Lee-on-the-Solent. The Centre provides training for over 900 Full Time and Part Time Students, and acts as the main learning centre for students in apprenticeship programmes with partner companies such as – BAE Systems, GE Aviation, Virgin Atlantic, Coopervision, Burgess Marine, Jensen Motorsport.

The training is career led – preparing students for work and/or higher study in their chosen field. The CEMAST curriculum has been created in partnership with local industry leaders to ensure that students gain the most relevant and up to date industry knowledge.

CEMAST opened in September 2014 – the result of a collaborative process that began with funding and consultation and ended with a successful construction project.

Key Facts

  • Area: 4,000m²
  • Project cost: £12m
  • Construction cost: £7.3m
  • Start on site: September 2013
  • Completion: July 2014 (on time)
  • Funders: SOLENT LEP, Skills Funding Agency, Hampshire County Council 
  • Procurement method: 2 stage D&B through the iESE framework managed byHampshire County Council Property Services
  • Contractor: Leadbitter – part of the Bouygues UK group
  • Client Project Manager: Peter Marsh Consulting
  • Architect: Perkins Ogden
  • MEP Engineer: RHB
  • Structural Consultant: Scott White Hookins
  • Cost Consultant: Jacobs

The Projects Objectives are: 

  • A new training centre for advanced engineering skills key to the local economy
  • An industry led and enriched curriculum
  • The development of existing and new relationships with employers
  • A learning environment based on real life working conditions
  • The creation of a “community of practice” for staff
  • A catalyst for the regeneration of the local economic community