Construction of brand new 900-place secondary school buildings for Mill Chase Academy in Bordon is expected to start later in January, following Hampshire County Council’s appointment of Kier as the contractor to build the facility.
Sited to the north of what will be the relocated town centre, in Budds Lane, Bordon, the buildings will be the new home for Mill Chase Academy, and are set to cost approximately £30 million to build.
Councillor Peter Edgar, Executive Member for Education at Hampshire County Council, commented: “2017 was a year of great progress with the regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon. Organisations including the County Council and East Hampshire District Council, developers, Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership and the Homes and Communities Agency, have been working together to enhance the town and its essential local infrastructure. Relocating Mill Chase Academy to new, contemporary facilities, with the capacity to accommodate a growing school community, has been a central part of the regeneration plan, and I look forward to watching it take shape over the next 18 months.
“It is an exciting development for families and the community of Whitehill and Bordon, as it will ensure that they can access educational facilities within their local area that offers high quality educational, recreational and community amenities.”
Sue Samson, Chief Executive of the University of Chichester Academy Trust (of which Mill Chase Academy is a part) said: "We are delighted to be part of this exciting initiative which will make a real difference to this developing community, providing a good school with high quality staff and excellent leadership, with state of the art facilities – a winning combination."
Headteacher, Paul Hemmings, commented, “Our new buildings will add tremendous value to the high quality of education we already provide. I am therefore very excited about the next few years ahead as we work to provide an outstanding education for the young people of Whitehill & Bordon.”
The County Council is investing £10 million towards the total cost of building the new school facility. The balance of funding includes contributions from the Whitehill and Bordon Regeneration Company, Homes and Communities Agency, East Hampshire District Council, and the Education and Skills Funding Agency.
As well as a broad and diverse range of teaching and learning spaces, the new school will incorporate improved sports facilities: including a flood-lit, all weather pitch and six indoor badminton courts.
Completion is due in summer 2019 to allow the Mill Chase Academy to move to its new home in time for the start of the academic year in the autumn term.