Our heritage architecture team completed works at the Chapel in November, in time for the Centenary of the end of the First World War and shortly afterwards the Chapel was formally opened by HRH The Countess of Wessex. Other heritage projects included works undertaken to improve the visitor experience at both the oldest working silk mill in the UK, the Grade II Whitchurch Silk Mill, and at the Gilbert White’s Museum Grade II listed buildings.
2018 saw construction projects creating 2,286 additional school places across the county including a new primary school in Aldershot, The Cambridge Primary School, an extension to Robert Mays Secondary School, and the completion of a new Performing Arts Studio at Swanmore College. Other completed projects in 2018 include Basingstoke Fire Station and the £5m refurbishment and transformation of Portsmouth City Council’s D-Day Story.
Our Estates team helped the Wessex Dance Academy find a new home at St Johns House in Winchester. Following the internal refurbishment, the Grade 1 listed building, thought to originate from the 10th Century, has a new lease of life as a dance studio.
Awards success continued with Rowhill school and The D-Day Story both regional finalists in the Civic Trust awards and shortlisted for Universal Design awards. The Bordon Future + Skills Centre was shortlisted and commended in the vocational category of the Society of Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying (SPACES) Awards and was also selected from over 100 national entries to feature in the SPACES Yearbook. Our Interior Design team were shortlisted for the FX Design Awards Public Sector category for their work at Civitas Academy in Reading.
Significant progress has been made by our Energy team on the LED lighting replacement programme. Completed lighting projects in 2018 include: three of Hampshire County Council’s (HCC) 48 libraries; the Sunderland Hangar at Calshot Activity Centre; Stubbington Study Centre and Hampshire Records Office.
Looking ahead, consultation continues on the Manydown development’s outline planning. Over 3,500 homes will be built in Basingstoke, and HCC is working in collaboration with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to ensure the development is exemplary. Also, Staunton Country Park will see works commencing in the new year as part of its exciting plans to restore the historic park to its former glory and invest in improved visitor facilities.
These are just a small fraction of the many and varied projects that the multi-disciplinary Property team have undertaken in 2018 and are planning for the next year. With an array of diverse and exciting projects ahead, 2019 will be another fantastic year for Property Services.