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Topping out ceremony celebrates new £65m STEM building for the South East

04 October 2019

Canterbury Christ Church University’s state-of-the-art building supporting Science, Technology, Health, Engineering and Medicine in Kent and Medway reached an important milestone this week.

A topping out ceremony marked the completion of the STEM building roof, as it moves closer to completion and opening in September 2020.

The facility will provide an inspiring and professional environment where researchers, academics, professionals and student engineers, doctors, nurses and scientists will come together and collaborate to create innovations and develop the graduates who will shape our futures.

The new building will offer students, staff and businesses exceptional facilities in a stunning setting that connects the city’s three World Heritage Sites – Canterbury Cathedral, St Martin’s Church and St Augustine’s Abbey.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Rama Thirunamachandran was joined at the roof top ceremony by key project partners and colleagues, who signed their names on a wall which will be built into the fabric of the facility, as a timepiece.

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, said: “This STEM facility is significant not just for Canterbury Christ Church University and its ongoing success, but also for the region as it will contribute to its economic growth and future inward investment.

“I would like to thank a number of people. The South East Local Enterprise Partnership, former Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Garfield Weston Foundation for their significant contribution through grants. Also NatWest and Lloyds bank for their financial support and KPMG for their project management expertise.

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“It is important I recognise the vision and expertise of HMY and Hamilton Architects and, of course, the construction company Gilbert and Ash. This is a huge team effort from a range of colleagues from the University and our partners.

“We look forward to welcoming students, staff and the community to our new facility when it opens later in 2020.”

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Guests at the ceremony included staff from the University, Christ Church Students’ Union, Kent and Medway Medical School and a range of partners.

Christian Brodie, Chairman of South East Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "The project is a vital part of our strategic vision to boost STEM skills across our area.

"We are delighted to see that this project is on track to deliver and open next year and appreciate the work by all local partners to drive this forward. Canterbury has a global reputation for high quality higher education and this investment will strengthen it.”

Notes to Editor

The 17,000sqm building will be home to the University’s Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise (EDGE) Hub and the new Kent and Medway Medical School, a collaboration between Christ Church and the University of Kent.

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