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10 January 2011, 15:25
Canterbury College is counting down to the completion of the latest phase of redevelopment work at the College.
When complete, the new £19m building will include 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 and Supported Learning and Technology.
The new building phase represents the commencement of the College’s third phase of redevelopment work to replace and upgrade old buildings at the New Dover Road campus. Despite recent poor weather and even snow, the build is on programme and due to be completed in December 2011 with the College taking possession early in the New Year 2012.
Demolition of two teaching blocks, which were built in the 1960’s, started in March 2010 with building work commencing shortly after.
The steel frame of the building is almost complete and work is now underway to construct the floors and clad the building, while the tower crane which is visible across Canterbury will be removed at some stage during the spring.
Once completed the facility will link construction phases one and two at the College which cost £50million and were completed on time and on budget almost two years ago – that part of the project also won a South East Building Excellence Award.
The new building has been designed as part of Phase 3, to achieve an ‘excellent’ rating in Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) for best practice in sustainable design.
Canterbury College is the only College in the country to be carrying out redevelopment work on this scale, with the £19m project privately financed by the College.