A £16m transformation of a college has been completed and its new facilities have been praised by staff and students.
Fareham College has undergone major work, which saw some of its original buildings pulled down and rebuilt, and other 1960s buildings refurbished and reclad.
Now work has begun to clear part of the site that the college, in Bishopsfield Road, sold to finance the revamp, so that developer Bloor Homes can build 120 homes. Students have been using the new campus and they praised the new facilities.
Level 3 sport performance and excellence student Oakley Crosswell said: ‘The classrooms are really good; they are large, clean, fresh and uncluttered which makes it a great place.
‘I couldn’t wait to start using the sports hall and new gym – they are really exciting facilities.’
Public services student George Wilshire said: ‘The new IT suites are really well equipped and much bigger – there’s a great atmosphere around the college.’
Work on the site began in August and is part of an overall project to increase the vocational offering at the college, alongside the building of the Centre of Excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training (Cemast) in Lee-on-the-Solent.
Principal Nigel Duncan said: ‘We are delighted that our redesigned campus is able to offer some of the best training facilities in Hampshire.
‘It is providing an innovative learning environment in which students studying professional and technical courses can develop the skills needed to embark upon exciting and highly rewarding careers.’
The new campus has workshops for construction trades, a digital industries lab, a training salon for beauty and hairdressing, a media, music and performing arts suite and theatre, plus an on-site gym and sports centre.