£14m refurb and sale of land planned at college

An artist's impression of the new Fareham College campus at day
An artist's impression of the new Fareham College campus at day
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The Vanguard Centre, in Cosham, where work is taking place to transform it into a new school for the city.

Building work begins on new £3.2m Cosham school

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A £14m plan to refurbish and transform the main campus at Fareham College has been unveiled.

The plans for the Bishopsfield Road site include a new building incorporating a digital studio, construction workshops, art studios, a sports centre, science laboratories, hair and beauty studios, music and performance studios and general teaching spaces.

The upgrade will be funded by a £4.7m grant from the Skills Funding Agency and from the sale of around a third of the land for housing.

It is anticipated that up to 110 homes could be built.

The plans have gone to Fareham Borough Council, which will decide whether or not to grant permission.

Peter Marsh, Deputy Principal of Fareham College said: ‘These plans will provide learners at our main campus with new facilities to match those available at our brand new CEMAST site at Daedalus.

‘We are proud to be the number one vocational college in Hampshire and we are determined that our learners will gain the industry standard skills they need in state of the art commercial studios, workshops and laboratories.

‘With applications for full time courses at CEMAST exceeding our expectations we are delighted to unveil plans for the next phase of development hot in its heels.’

The college held a month long consultation in September to gauge public opinion.

Mr Marsh said: ‘We are very grateful for the extensive feedback we had on our draft plans and have been able to make amendments to some of the proposed housing layouts and access arrangements as a result.

‘We’ve also simplified the design of the educational buildings to produce a very modern, clean look to our site facing The Avenue.’

If given planning permission, work will start in June and be complete by September 2015.