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Contractor appointed for arts venue

Fareham Borough Council has appointed Neilcott Construction Limited to complete the construction of Fareham’s new arts and entertainment venue, Fareham Live.

Neilcott Construction Limited is an established regional contractor, based in Winchester, with experience in delivering bespoke construction solutions across the south east.

The council has agreed to allocate £16.69 million to complete Fareham Live, formerly Ferneham Hall, which closed its doors in January 2020, as part of its plans to redevelop the civic quarter and regenerate the town centre.

It is expected that construction works will start later this summer with the anticipated launch of Fareham Live by spring 2024.

Cllr Mrs Sue Walker said: “I am confident that Neilcott will help us transform Ferneham Hall into a go-to cultural venue which will help kickstart further investment into our town centre.”

John Papworth, Regional Commercial Director at Neilcott Construction added: “Neilcott is delighted to be working on this ambitious scheme to upgrade the entertainment, arts and community facilities at Ferneham Hall.

“The project involves complex extension and internal remodelling works, and our technical expertise will ensure that both new and existing venue areas offer an improved visitor experience with enhanced carbon/energy-efficient operations.

“We look forward to working with all involved in the project.”

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