Impressed by the facilities, Councillor Stallard commented: “This is a wonderful school. It is very exciting to see how our support as designer, delivery agent and funding partner, has created a fabulous teaching and learning base for the community. Oakmoor School will be an important component of Whitehill and Bordon’s regeneration following the departure of the Ministry of Defence. It is especially pleasing that, as well as providing secondary education for the town’s existing families and those moving into new home developments, the facilities here will also be available for community use outside of school hours.”
Councillor Chadd added: “I am very proud of the County Council’s role in creating such an important part of the local infrastructure. I can see that in this, as with every school we design and build, and in every school expansion, our award-winning architects have created well thought-out spaces which will allow teachers to inspire and students to learn and succeed. On completion we will hand the building to the University of Chichester Academy Trust which manages the school. I know the headteacher and staff are very excited about moving in to this state-of-the-art facility.
“I am acutely aware that a great deal of consideration has been given to the building’s structure, with the most suitable technologically advanced materials selected to construct a robust and enduring building which is also designed to be supremely energy efficient and sustainable. The outdoor facilities are excellent, catering for a wide variety of sports and other learning activities, as well as allowing space for students to enjoy some fresh air and relax during their breaktimes.”
As well as a broad and diverse range of teaching and learning spaces, the new school will incorporate improved sports facilities: including a flood-lit, all weather pitch and six indoor badminton courts in two generous halls.
In addition to the 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.
Organisations including Hampshire County Council and East Hampshire District Council, developers, Enterprise M3 LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and Homes England, have been working together to enhance the town and its essential local infrastructure. Relocating Mill Chase Academy to new, contemporary facilities, with the capacity to accommodate a growing school community has been a pivotal part of the Whitehill and Bordon regeneration plan.