When the new Fitness Centre & Gym, Canterbury Business Centre and art studios opened in January 2016, it marked the end of redevelopments at our Canterbury campus which have been going on since 2005. These were carried out in three phases.
In 2006, Canterbury College opened its Children’s Centre, Technology Centre, Land Based Centre, Motor Vehicle Centre and Post-16 Centre.
This was completed in February 2008, giving the College a unique street-like layout with ‘front of house’ services open to the public (including a snack shop, travel shop and restaurant complete with training facilities). Phases 1 & 2 cost a total of £50 million and were completed on time and within budget. The redevelopment project won a South East Building Excellence Award and a LABC South East Building Excellence Award.
'A' Block opened in January 2012. It has been designed to achieve an ‘excellent’ rating in Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) which awards best practice in sustainable design. Phase 3 began with the demolition of two teaching blocks (Becket and Cramner) which were built in the 1960s. The demolition started in March 2010 and building work commenced shortly after. College staff and students have had numerous site visits throughout the construction of A Block. It proved to be an excellent learning resource for Media and Building Services students. We were the first College in the country to carry out self-funded redevelopment work on this scale.