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Fareham College CEMAST


The new Centre for Excellence in Engineering & Manufacturing Advance Skills Training or CEMAST brings together all the Automotive, Engineering and Manufacturing courses run by Fareham College on a single site at Daedalus airfield in Lee-on-the-Solent. The Centre provides training for over 900 Full Time and Part Time Students, and acts as the main learning centre for students in apprenticeship programmes with partner companies  such as – BAE Systems, GE Aviation, Virgin Atlantic, Coopervision, Burgess Marine, Jensen Motorsport.

The training is career led – preparing students for work and/or higher study in their chosen field. The CEMAST curriculum has been created in partnership with local industry leaders to ensure that students gain the most relevant and up to date industry knowledge.


CEMAST opened in September 2014 – the result of a collaborative process that began with funding and consultation and ended with a successful construction project.
The project objectives were.
A new training centre for advanced engineering skills key to the local economy
An industry led and enriched curriculum:
The development of existing and new relationships with employers:
A learning environment based on real life working conditions:
The creation of a “community of practice” for staff:
A catalyst for the regeneration of the local economic community:

Project Facts
Area: 4,000m2
Project cost: £12m
Construction cost: £7.3m
Start on site: September 2013
Completion: July 2014 (on time)
Procurement method: 2 stage D&B through the iESE framework managed by Hampshire County Council

“Whilst it was a huge learning curve by working together as a team we came up with something that exceeded expectations in what it is, what it looks like and what it can do.”

Steve Dinsdale, Assistant Principal


Description and Information

The Story of the Project

Project Formation
Design Briefing and Pre-construction
Lessons Learnt