Fareham College - Civil Engineering Training Centre (CETC)


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 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.


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. 


Throughout the journey and for a long time after, many people have asked ‘HOW was CETC possible?’. A big part of that answer is that PMCs contribution was HUGE because they ‘thought so much BIGGER’.  Even at the toughest times they believed it was possible and always  ‘found a way’. They were extremely fair, professional and clear. They worked tirelessly to ensure a rapid resolution of each challenge, so much so, that it’s my opinion that ‘not one issue took longer than 14 days to resolve in its entirety and in my experience that is unheard of.

Recommending companies is not something I like doing, BUT, Peter Marsh Consulting Ltd, and particularly Mo Poswell and Peter Marsh, are people I hold in the highest regard. They would unquestionably be my first choice.”

Mark Wells, Blanchard Wells Construction

Projects Objectives:

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

Key Facts

Heading #1
Start on site
January 2019
Completion date
October 2019
Build area (m²)
Total project costs (including land purchase)
Solent LEP
HCC Property Services
Cost Consultant
Employers agent
Main contractor
Amiri Construction

Project Team