£12m engineering excellence centre to open in UK

Fareham College has lodged a planning application to build a £12million state of the art engineering teaching facility at its site in Hampshire.

If approved, the proposed Centre of Excellence for Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Technology (CEMAST) will house open plan engineering workshops, classrooms and a learning resource centre, as well as conference and exhibition space for local employers. The site, scheduled to open in September 2014, will also provide industry standard training facilities to support manufacturing skills with a focus on aeronautical, marine, electrical, automotive and mechanical engineering. Peter Marsh, deputy principal of Fareham College, said: "Submission of this planning application marks a major milestone in our vision of helping to support a sustainable future for the advanced engineering and manufacturing sector in the Solent area. "The services and facilities it is set to provide will be of real benefit not just to school leavers, but to businesses on the site."