The Arts Building

Upon completion 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 will deliver outstanding facilities for Canterbury Christ Church University

The BREEAM “Very Good” Arts Building will deliver outstanding facilities for Canterbury Christ Church University. Upon completion it will contribute to the social and economic growth of the region by further developing graduates’ sought after skills in the creative industries.

Meanwhile, the use of 100% Kent based subcontractors during construction of the substructures and concrete frame has 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 has required special care and attention. Delivering our works under the Considerate Constructors’ Code of Practice, we have adopted a range of bet 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 .

The Arts Building is the latest in a long line of projects delivered on behalf of Canterbury Christ Church University including St Gregory’s Music Centre and the Salomons Centre.

Client:
Canterbury Christ Church University
Architect:
Nicholas Hare Architects
CG Images:
Nicholas Hare Architects
CCCU Salomons Centre
CCCU North Holmes Road

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