Canterbury College's impressive new £19.5m building was unveiled in December 2011.
The new building includes state of the art facilities for students in the following areas: Hair and Beauty, Sports therapy, Veterinary Nursing, Public Services, Health and Social Care, Early Years, Supported Learning and Technology.
The new A Block was fully opened in January 2012, having started with the demolition of the two teaching blocks – Becket and Cranmer, which were built in the 1960’s. The demolition works started in March 2010 and the new building was progressed thereafter.
The A Block building, part of Phase 3 redevelopment scheme at Canterbury College will achieve an ‘excellent’ BREEAM rating (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) for best practice in sustainable design.
The college staff and students had numerous site visits throughout the construction period & it was used as an excellent learning resource for Media and Building Services students.
The impressive 6,000 sqm 3 storey building, which links the earlier Phase 1 and 2 buildings via a covered colonnade, was ready for curriculum teaching in January 2012.
Canterbury College was the first college in the country to carry out self-funded redevelopment work on this scale.
Principal Alison Clarke said, "The College has successfully completed its first three phases of redevelopment on schedule and on budget – even winning the Regional Building Excellence Award for Phase 2."
"The College can now boast state of the art accommodation still unmatched in East Kent and continuously improving performance and success by our students, trainees and staff. The College will now focus on other options for the future progressive redevelopment of the remaining parts of the old campus building stock.”