A NEW £7.6 million project at a secondary school in Odiham has been opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire.

The Invictus Building, which consists of a new building including teaching spaces, a main reception area and a new library, was opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mr Nigel Atkinson, as well as representatives from the school and councillors.

They included Chair of Trustees, Mark Reader, Headteacher Joanna Collyer West, Councillor Patricia Stallard, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services and Young People, and Councillor Roz Chadd, Executive Member for Education and Skills.

The new building also consisted of a refurbished accommodation and new “super science lab”.

There was an extended dining area and a new cafeteria, as well as car and coach parking being increased.

Mrs Collyer West said: “We were delighted and honoured that the Lord-Lieutenant and Hampshire County Council Cabinet Members could join us.

“Students and representatives of key stakeholders were involved right from the start in the planning process.”

The building project saw Robert May’s work in partnership with Hampshire County Council, which will result in space for around another 150 pupils.

Cllr Stallard added: “This is a wonderful building and I can clearly see the benefits and new life that it has brought to Robert May’s.

"It is very exciting to see how our support as designers and delivery agent and collaboration with the school’s staff and trustees can result in an attractive, fit for purpose and exciting educational environment."

Cllr Chadd said: “I can see that in this, as with every school building that we design and construct, our award-winning architects have created well thought-out spaces which will allow teachers to inspire and students to learn and succeed with enthusiasm.

"It is obvious that teachers and students alike are appreciative and are making the most of all the additional facilities have to offer.”