The Verena Holmes BuildingScience, Technology, Health Engineering, and Medicine

A new £65m Building

The Verena Holmes Building opened in January 2021 and provides a central location where exciting innovative approaches to teaching and learning will be delivered within the new multi-million pound facility.

The building shape references the visual link from St Martin’s Church to Canterbury Cathedral over St Augustine’s Abbey, creating a new heart to North Holmes Campus and links between the University’s key buildings.

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Making Space for Learning

The three storey building has been designed to include two academic wings that sit behind a shared central space called the Cloister. The Cloister forms the main frontage to the building and provides a setting for informal learning. Within the Cloister sit two lecture theatres and a series of social breakout spaces leading to the second floor terrace with views across St Augustine’s Abbey, over the city, towards the cathedral.

Each internal courtyard space will become an open plan interactive workshop ‘Makerspace’ for collaborative learning and experimentation. These courtyards will become integral to the natural ventilation strategy, allowing the building to be more sustainable.

Our Courses

A dynamic range of courses will be offered within the new building, many developed with employers to nurture new talent and innovation:

  • Engineering, Technology and Design
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Law, Psychology and Sports Science
  • Medicine

An Inspirational Landscape

These ambitious plans open up our campus landscape to the city to create a strong visual connection between St Martin’s Church, Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine’s Abbey. Our new public spaces will invite the people of Canterbury into the heart of the University, and Engineers trained on our newly developed Engineering and Technology programmes will soon graduate and be living and working in the local community. These highly qualified professionals will become part of society alongside the many thousands of healthcare professionals, teachers and policemen who have already successfully graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University.

Collaboration and Informal Learning

Collaboration and Informal Learning

Located within the Prison Quarter, the Verena Holmes Building is a new academic and research facility promoting collaboration and social learning, and will be home to the KM EDGE Hub. The building shape references the visual connection from St Martin’s Church to Canterbury Cathedral over St Augustine’s Abbey, creating a new heart to North Holmes Campus and will provide direct links between the University’s key buildings.

The building footprint sits within a complex landscape allowing the creation of a largely concealed (though naturally ventilated) lower ground floor car park, over which sits the new public square.


Building by Numbers

The EDGE Hub will be worth an estimated £7.6m to £11.4m per year to the Kent and Medway economy

Injecting 1,250 highly skilled Engineering and Technology graduates into the local economy by 2024

Creating a sustainable and diverse regional talent pool with 30 to 40% of graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds and 30 to 35% female graduates by 2025