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University launches demolition of Clarkson House

07 November 2007

Canterbury Christ Church University embarked on the demolition of former 1970s office block, Clarkson House, Rhoadaus Town, Canterbury, on Monday 5th November.

Far right: the Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Wright, and the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor Cyril Windsor Far right: the Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Wright, and the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor Cyril Windsor

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Wright, and the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor Cyril Windsor, looked on as a JCB uprooted the main sign in front of the 35 year old building, signalling the go-ahead for a major 13-week demolition project.

Once the building has been demolished, a new £30 million library and learning resource centre, called Augustine House, will be built in its place. Building work commences in February 2008 and Augustine House will open its doors to University students and staff in autumn 2009. 

Speaking at the launch of the demolition project, which was attended by members of the University’s senior management team and governing body, Professor Michael Wright said: “The event today is important because it marks the completion of the planning phase of Augustine House and the start of the demolition and construction.  I would like to thank the Lord Mayor for attending and for the support he has given this project.  This is a very exciting time for Canterbury Christ Church University because this is the University’s single largest project since its first campus was built on North Holmes Road, Canterbury, in 1963.  The Augustine House development will significantly enhance the facilities available for our students.”

Augustine House will provide a state-of-the art integrated library, learning resource centre and student support facilities in the heart of Canterbury.  It will also feature a café; two garden terraces; an atrium; and multi-purpose floor space for public events, conferences, exams, teaching and exhibitions.

The plans for Augustine House have been designed by Architects Design Partnership LLP.  Project Architect, Yat Lun Ng, and Associate, Liz Jarrett, represented the organisation at the event and talked about the plans for the new building.

Yat said: “We are very pleased to attend this event and are looking forward to February 2008, when construction work begins. Our favourite aspect of the design is the open plan nature of the building and its central atrium, which will create a dynamic heart to the development and a vibrant space for staff and students to enjoy.”


Notes to Editor

If you would like a photograph of the demolition event or further interviews, please contact Canterbury Christ Church University’s Media Relations Officer, Claire Draper, on 01227 782391.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is the largest centre of higher education in Kent for public services – notably teacher training, policing and health and social care. The University is also a significant provider of programmes in a wide range of academic areas within its Faculties of Arts and Humanities and Business and Sciences.

From a small independent College of less than five hundred students – all training to be school teachers – in the 1960s, we have grown to be a fully fledged university with almost 14,500 students and 1,100 staff members with campuses in Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Broadstairs, Chatham and Folkestone. Our teaching and learning facility for health, education and policing students at Chatham is part of the Universities At Medway Project in partnership with the Universities of Greenwich and Kent with Mid-Kent College.

Inspired by the University’s Church of England Foundation and the aspirations of its students and staff, our mission is to pursue excellence in academic and professional higher education thereby enriching both individuals and society.


Claire Draper, Media Relations Officer,
Canterbury Christ Church University,
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