Leadbitter to build for Fareham College

South of England-based contractor Leadbitter has won a contract to design and build Fareham College’s new £12m engineering and advanced manufacturing skills centre- part of a £26m capital investment programme by the college.

Working with client project manager Jacobs UK, Leadbitter will be building the CEMAST centre, on the Solent Enterprise Zone, which will focus on advanced marine and aerospace manufacturing.

The building, which should be open by September next year, has been designed by Perkins Ogden Architects.

Spokesperson Mervyn Perkins said: "Our aim is that CEMAST, the first new building on the recently created Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus, will set a high design-quality benchmark and even a building typology upon this unique site for future neighbours to respond to."

College governors have now also approved the award of a further £4.7m grant from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) which will fund 33% of a £14m redevelopment of the College's existing Bishopsfield site. The college will be publishing its plans for this site and launching consultation on proposals in mid September.

Deputy principal Peter Marsh, who has masterminded the overall strategy, said: “With CEMAST now underway we are determined to provide all learners at Fareham College with the very best industry standard learning environment. This new £4.7m SFA government grant gives us confidence to come forward with exciting plans to transform our existing site as phase two of a £26m capital investment in the future skills and career development for the residents of Fareham, Gosport and beyond.”

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