Lord Mayor marks milestone in new STEM building for the South East

31 January 2019

The Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor Colin Spooner, officially turned the first sod on the site of a new £65m building for Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The ceremony was held yesterday (Wednesday 30 January) at the University’s main campus to celebrate the start of construction on this major building in the city. The Mayor was joined by 30 guests during the ground-breaking ceremony and reception.

Opening in September 2020, the facilities will be home to new courses in Engineering, part of our new Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise (EDGE Hub), as well as the new Kent and Medway Medical School, a collaboration with the University of Kent.

Councillor Spooner said: “It’s a great honour to come here and see what’s happening. It’s something that as a city councillor I’m very proud of what we’re doing here at the University.”

Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, said: “Our building will provide a wide and exciting range of opportunities for staff and students. Primarily it will host the School of Engineering, Technology and Design, but it will also be an important base for high quality laboratory facilities for the Kent and Medway Medical School.

“I am proud to that we are investing in facilities for future generations of students and staff, but also our ambitions for working with businesses, working with the community, and working with the health service as well.”

The development of the University site on North Holmes Road, which sits on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will also provide an important and unique sight line between Canterbury Cathedral and St Martin’s Church.

A host of guests attended the ceremony, including senior representatives from Kent County Council, Canterbury City Council, representatives from Hamilton Architects and Gilbert Ash, business representatives from the University Strategic Industry Advisory Board for Engineering, Science and Technology and the Kent and Medway Medical School Fundraising Board.  

Notes to Editors:

  • The new STEM building is part of the Canterbury Christ Church University’s £150m campus transformation plan over the next 15 years.
  • It is supported by £13.12m of Government funding through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership and former Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

  • Kent and Medway Medical School teaching and research will be based at Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent, in Canterbury.
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