The Arts Building
The Arts Building will contribute to the social and economic growth of the region by further developing graduates’ sought after skills in the creative industries.
The Arts Building
The Arts Building delivers outstanding facilities for Canterbury Christ Church University
The BREEAM “Very Good” Arts Building will contribute to the social and economic growth of the region by further developing graduates’ sought after skills in the creative industries.
Meanwhile, capturing over of 83% of subcontractor spend within Kent during construction maximised the local economic benefit of our works. This exciting project will provide spaces such as:
- a box office style reception;
- a small café;
- a flexible exhibition and ‘crit’ space;
- Apple Mac labs;
- a mixing studio;
- a recording suite;
- live performance space;
- photography studio;
- fabrication workshop studio;
- graphics & illustration studio
The busy city campus sits on a UNESCO World Heritage Site occupying part of the same ground as St Augustine’s original abbey, so the site required special care and attention. Delivering our works under the Considerate Constructors’ Code of Practice, we have adopted a range of best practice techniques to minimise disruption.
In addition to the important Abbey wall, a small number of archaeological finds were discovered on the site. As a result, the new building spans over the wall with columns located to avoid any loads near the wall.
To reduce the potential impact on archaeology, the piling design was carefully formulated with the ground floor level placing pile caps above the estimated level of significant archaeology. Inside the building viewing windows in the floor will reveal the wall, illustrating the rich history of the site.
In addition to our own staff, the Arts Building hosted apprentices from our supply chain with a further 5 apprentices working on the project including 2 electrical apprentices, 2 mechanical apprentices and a carpentry apprentice.