A HAMPSHIRE college has been shortlisted for a nationally recognised award.

Training the engineers of the future, the Civil Engineering Training Centre (CETC) at Fareham College has been selected as a finalist for an architectural award.

It is in the education category for the South East of the RICS Social Impact Awards which celebrate the positive impact of buildings on society.

The building houses a civil engineering and groundworks scheme which will deliver over 1,600 apprenticeships in its first five years of development.

It is a partnership between the college and the Solent Civil Engineering Employers Group (SCEEG).

The 1,008m² facility, comprises an indoor teaching space, a 5,000m² outdoor construction-site, and a test centre.

Principal and CEO of Fareham College, Andrew Kaye, said: “The CETC is creating a new generation of civil engineering in the South East region. The facility is pioneering a change in education for the construction industry, allowing us to provide long-term support to this important sector. To achieve industry recognition is a great testimony to the hard work in accomplishing this project.”

Regional winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on June 11 at Hilton at the Ageas Bowl.

All regional winners will then go through to the RICS Social Impact Awards 2020 finals in London in September.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is a professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property, infrastructure and construction.

As previously reported, the college’s civil engineering and groundworks earned it a place as a finalist in the Association of Colleges Beacon Awards.

Construction of the £4.1m CETC began with a breaking-ground ceremony last January.

Fareham-based Amiri Construction built the centre, which is at Solent Airport in Lee-on-the-Solent adjacent to the college’s existing centre for engineering, manufacturing and advanced skills training campus.