Hampshire County Council commended for Whitehill & Bordon Future Skills Centre

Nov 15 2018

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The project was shortlisted and commended in the Vocational Category of the Society of Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying (SPACES) awards which recognise the best public sector buildings completed in the last year.

Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry said: “This flagship facility offers a wonderful versatile space for young people, employers and the wider community to use, and we are absolutely thrilled that it has been recognised nationally.

“Hampshire County Council is very proud of its Property Services team, members of which have the experience and expertise to continually build award winning, purpose-built facilities which benefit communities over many years.”

In addition, the project has been selected to appear in the SPACES 2018 Yearbook, where it was chosen from over 100 national entries. Promoting the development of high quality Public Sector Buildings, the Yearbook gives formal recognition of excellence in design and construction.

Owned by Hampshire County Council, and run by Basingstoke College of Technology, the Future Skills Centre offers a comprehensive range of vocational training courses in the construction sector, including apprenticeships. The centre is the new local hub for technical training and hosts a broad adult and community learning programme for the wider community.  It is funded by the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, and Hampshire County Council. The Whitehill & Bordon Future Skills Centre comprises a £4 million investment in the regeneration of the area following the closure of the Bordon Army Garrison, a principle local employer.

Councillor Perry continued: “Hampshire County Council is committed to the successful regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon, and working with partners to deliver major projects such as the Future Skills Centre, as well as a new £20m relief road to help encourage a thriving town centre, and the £30m construction of brand new 900-place secondary school buildings for Mill Chase Academy.”

The Society of Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying (SPACES) is a collaborative multi-disciplinary organisation for those in the building professions who work in and for the public sector. The SPACES awards celebrate the best public sector buildings completed in the past year.