The first major development on the Solent Enterprise Zone has opened its doors after 11 months of construction.
The new facilities on offer at the state-of-the-art Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Advanced Skills Training (CEMAST) were showcased at a pre-opening celebration event on 23 July.
CEMAST will welcome its first students in September 2014 and be the new home for the college’s Automotive, Engineering and Manufacturing courses. The building is over 4000sq metres in size and will accommodate 700 full-time and 200 part-time students as well as up to 40 staff.
During the construction process almost 700 different workers, including apprentices, were on site with the project supporting more than 150 full-time jobs- greatly benefiting the local community. Local businesses also benefitted from the CEMAST project; with over 50 local companies involved including Hampshire based architects, Perkins Ogden and main contractor J.B Leadbitter & Co.Ltd.
Peter Marsh, Deputy Principal said “As the first major development on the Daedalus Enterprise Zone CEMAST is a fantastic new facility and represents a major investment in the skills of our future engineers. We’d like to thank both Leadbitter and Perkins Ogden architects for helping to surpass our expectations and deliver an amazing facility for Hampshire’s learners.”
CEMAST has been funded from a £3m grant from Hampshire County Council, £3m from the DCLG Growing Places Fund, £3m from the Skills Funding Agency and a £3m loan from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.
Gary Jeffries, Chairman of the Solent LEP, said: “The opening of the first development on the Enterprise Zone is a significant milestone. CEMAST is a flagship development for the site and will provide those seeking a career in the Automotive, Engineering and Manufacturing industries a great start with access to state of the art facilities. With the new main entrance to the site due to open this month, the Innovation Centre and new infrastructure under construction, we are really beginning to see the Enterprise Zone begin to take shape.”