Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Keith Mans, said: “I am delighted that this worthy project has been nominated for such a prestigious award. The County Council’s £10 million investment into this £30 million secondary school was carefully thought through to ensure we delivered a broad and diverse range of teaching and learning spaces for the benefit of the area’s children and young people.”
The RIBA judges agree that a great deal of consideration has been given to the design of the Oakmoor School building, resulting in an innovative, energy efficient and sustainable community facility. The new school’s enhanced sports facilities also include a flood-lit, all-weather pitch and six indoor badminton courts in two generous halls. The RIBA award winners will be announced later this year.
Councillor Mans added: “Awards like these are special because they acknowledge the building projects that enhance both the internal and external environments in which we learn, live and interact with one another. I am confident that this fantastic new school will serve its community long into the future.”
Chief Executive Officer of the University of Chichester Academy Trust (which has responsibility for operating the school), Sue Samson MBE, said: “The skills and responsiveness of Hampshire County Council’s Property Services team and the social impact of this project are impressive. The building of Oakmoor, alongside the strong drive for educational improvement has demonstrated a shared investment in the regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon.”
News of the RIBA nomination comes in the same week that the County Council’s Property Services await news of another award for their work on Oakmoor School, having been shortlisted for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Social Impact Award under the Education Category.
In addition to the significant County Council funding, the total cost of the build includes contributions from the Whitehill and Bordon Regeneration Company, Homes England, East Hampshire District Council and the Department for Education. All parties worked collaboratively together on the successful early delivery of the school. This is a key milestone in the wider vision and planned investment in place for the local community as part of the regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon.