Work to begin this summer on a new secondary school at former barracks
Work will begin this summer for the new Mill Chase Academy school on the former Budds Lane playing fields in Bordon.
The site will be closed to the public from the end of June. Work will commence over the summer to prepare the site for handover to Hampshire County Council, ready for construction of the new school to start later in the autumn.
The school’s current premises on Mill Chase Road will close at the end of the summer term in 2019, with students beginning the 2019/20 academic year at the new premises on Budds Lane.
Planning permission for the new school was granted by Hampshire County Council’s Regulatory Committee on 21 June 2017. On behalf of the County Council, its Leader, Councillor Roy Perry has agreed an investment of £10 million towards the £30 million cost to build the new school facility, close to the town centre.
The balance of funding will come from contributions from the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company, Homes and Communities Agency, East Hampshire District Council and the Education and Skills Funding Agency.
James Child, Project Lead, Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company said:
“We are delighted to be working with Hampshire County Council to provide this new educational provision for the children of Whitehill and Bordon, as part of the regeneration programme. Plans are for the new school to accommodate up to 900 children in the first instance, with the ability to expand to up to 1,200 places in the future.”
Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Education, Councillor Peter Edgar said:
“We have been working with the Mill Chase Academy, the University of Chichester Academy Trust and the MoD’s development partner, the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company (WBRC), to develop the plans for the new school facility. The new buildings, designed by our experienced team of designers, will provide an opportunity for the Academy to continue to strengthen the quality and range of educational opportunities for the local area.
“Our commitment to the delivery of new school buildings is a further example of the key and active role that this Council has in the regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon. This commitment includes providing the essential infrastructure needed for the new town.”