Work on £7.1m Canterbury College gets underway
The project comprises the demolition of existing facilities which will make way for two new purpose-built teaching blocks while supporting the local economy.
The new facilities will include 12 new classrooms and a two-storey sports and business building. An adjacent art facility will also be constructed.
The sport and business building will include a brand new sports hall, as well as a state-of-the-art gym suite for use by students and staff.
There will also be break out areas for students and staff as well as IT facilities. The business area will include a venue for business events and training space, providing essential space for local businesses and the college to host events.
The art block will be a modernised sculpture and ceramics studio. A supported learning facility will also be included in the new block, creating a relaxed learning environment for teachers to offer extra support to students.
Morgan Sindall project manager Steve Paine is a former student of Canterbury College, having completed a HNC in Building Studies just over 10 years ago.
Mr Paine said: “This project is particularly special to me as a former pupil of the college and it has been a great experience to return and help to progress the college with the construction of these new facilities that will update and improve the services on offer to staff and students.”
The buildings are being built to the latest environmental standards and will include the use of sustainable energy in the form of roof-mounted solar panels which will generate electricity for use within the building. This is in keeping with the building’s target of achieving a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) Excellent rating.
Dave Cook, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “Great progress is being made on-site at Canterbury College, with a number of milestones coming to the fore over the coming months. The new facilities will be of great benefit to the students, staff and local community and we are delighted to be part of that process.”