The Kent College Canterbury Great Hall officially opens this week/

The Hall will be used as both a theatre and concert venue, as well as the focus for the School’s assemblies and services. The building was officially opened on Thursday by the Revd Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference.

Designed for flexibility, the venue can be adapted for music performance or theatre productions, reducing seating numbers from 600 down to 350. By altering movable panels on and above the stage the acoustics and sightlines can be adjusted to best suit the performance mode.  Retractable seating to the rear of the auditorium can be folded back to open up additional foyer space, connecting to a colonnade at the front of the building. The project avoids the need for air conditioning or large air handling ductwork by utilising a natural ventilation system. Fresh air flows into a concrete under-croft, or labyrinth, below the building, which naturally cools the incoming air before flowing up though floor vents into the auditorium. Warm stale air is then vented though the roof mounted terminals. In winter the air flow can be controlled, and warmed if necessary, through automated louvres.

The new Great Hall provides a professional quality facility for Kent College Canterbury, which will also be available for public events and will be used for a number of concerts during the up-coming Canterbury festival in October.

Nourishing Investment/

The first phase of a new staff dining facility for a London investment bank completed on site in London this week.

The goals for the project target the improvement of the catering offer for the 3,000 bank employees whilst improving the flow of people through the facility from cook station to paypoint. The space-hungry dining area also becomes more agile to enable the space to be used outside of dining hours in a variety of formats which promotes team working and knowledge sharing in a relaxed atmosphere away from the trading floors.

The first phase delivers the servery and the back of house kitchen as well as a new coffee bar and deli counter that connects the dining area to the central circulation of the building.

Full completion due for June 2019.

Southborough Community Hub/

The Southborough Community Hub has been a long-term aspiration of Southborough Town Council, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Kent County Council, to provide a community facility for the people of Southborough and High Brooms. It is designed to provide a flexible, multi-use community space providing a library, community hall, community rooms, medical centre, town council offices and retail space.

In order to provide best value and maximise use of this asset, the building is intended to be flexible and adaptable in the way it can be used. The scheme has been integrated into an existing masterplan for this area of Southborough and will also provide a new public square bounded by the main hub building, residential and retail buildings which are currently under construction.

Working with Baxall construction, HMY have helped secure planning consent for the scheme and work is planned to start in April 2019

Planning submitted for Kent’s first medical school campus/

The Medical School is a partnership between the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University. It will be the County’s first ever medical school, bringing together the existing centres of excellence in health and medical education provided by the two universities and local healthcare organisations, to offer a new model of patient-focused medical education. The Medical School will also be an essential part of the solution for recruiting and retaining medical professionals in the region.

The new Medical School will provide 150 undergraduate places each year and offer five-year undergraduate programmes resulting in joint degrees from both institutions in Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. The Universities will provide high quality research to find evidence-based solutions to promote health, address local challenges and reduce inequalities in provision across the county.

The Medical School will be based between both University campuses, with students able to be full participation members of these communities using the world class facilities and working with other students in health and social care related programmes. The University of Kent will provide the general teaching facilities in the new building described below. Specialist practical teaching facilities will be accommodated at Canterbury Christ Church University campus within their new Science & Engineering Building, which is currently being constructed.

A planning application was submitted at the end of 2018 and the building will be open for the start of courses in August 2020.