Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Keith Mans, said: “News of this prestigious shortlisting by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors is fantastic to hear. 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.
“These awards are particularly important in acknowledging the building projects that, thanks to innovation and collaboration, enhance the environments in which we learn, live and interact with one another.”
The new school has incorporated improved sports facilities: including a flood-lit, all weather pitch and six indoor badminton courts in two generous halls. The judges acknowledge that a great deal of consideration has been given to the structure of the building, resulting in an energy efficient and sustainable community facility.
Councillor Mans added: “Oakmoor is a fabulous teaching and learning base available for the community now and into the future. It provides the perfect backdrop for both students and residents to thrive, both from an educational and a social point of view.”
Headteacher of Oakmoor School, Paul Hemmings, said: “We are all delighted by this richly deserved recognition of the Hampshire County Council architect team. Our new school provides an inspirational learning environment for our community. Our students and staff thoroughly enjoy learning and working here. The wider community is benefiting from our leisure facilities out of school hours, demonstrating further our school’s social impact.”
Chief Executive Officer of the University of Chichester Academy Trust, Sue Samson MBE, said: “The skills and responsiveness of Hampshire County Council’s architectural team and the social impact of this project are undeniable. The building of Oakmoor, alongside the strong drive for educational improvement led by Paul and his team, has demonstrated a shared investment in the regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon.”
The winners of the RICS Social Impact Awards 2020 will be announced in June. Hampshire County Council is shortlisted under the Education Category.
In addition to the significant County Council’s 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 have 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.