University design to celebrate City's heritage

13 June 2016

A design that will celebrate the City’s heritage is a major theme running through Canterbury Christ Church University’s North Holmes redevelopment plans.

The plans, developed in conjunction with architects BDP, follows consultation with students, staff, local community and heritage groups. From this week the plans will be on public display as part of the ongoing consultation process, ahead of the submission of a planning application for the Prison Quarter, and the University is inviting everyone to come along to give their views and help shape the final design.


Drawing of St Martin's steps

The plans show the transformation of the former Prison Quarter, which will include an engineering, science and technology centre, a student hub and a heritage centre. It also acknowledges the University’s position within a World Heritage Site and opens up the campus for greater community engagement.

“Canterbury Christ Church University is one of a few universities in the UK that can boast being within a UNESCO World Heritage Site,” said Chris Harding from BDP. “Our principal design aim is to ensure that the University and its local community can celebrate the heritage of the site and its position within the City whilst providing the University with new modern facilities. By opening up the campus we have been able to take advantage of the amazing views offered from St Martin’s Church to Canterbury Cathedral, taking in St Augustine’s Abbey and give the University a new public space at the heart of the campus.”


Aerial view

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “We have a long and proud history of adapting and innovating to meet the needs of our students, local communities and the wider society. The new engineering, science and technology buildings will provide students with cutting edge learning facilities, as well as recognising the need to support the regional economy by growing skills, jobs and talent in STEM subjects.”

The exhibition will provide an opportunity to view the detailed design and to comment on the proposals. The plans will be on display in Augustine House from Thursday 16 to Friday 24 June 2016, 9am–7pm. Questionnaires and opportunities to leave feedback will be available.

Notes to editors

  • STEM subjects are: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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