The Future Skills Centre – Bordon
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.
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.
Future Skills Centre 2016 - 2017
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.
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Hampshire County Council
Perkins Ogden Architects/ Hampshire County Council Property Services
Hampshire County Council Property Services
Project Manager, Employer’s Agent, Bid Writers
“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 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.
A Basingstoke college has officially taken on a new centre designed to train up the construction professionals of the future.