See inside Canterbury Christ Church University’s £12M arts building

See The Canterbury Hub’s exclusive pictures from inside Christ Church’s brand new arts building.

Builders are working hard to finish the £12m building which is due to open in the new academic year this September. Roofers can be see putting a lid on the structure while inside Walls, ducting and pipes are going in.

The building is to replace Canterbury Christ Church University’s (CCCU) Broadstairs campus. Students have been offered thousands of pounds in compensation for disturbances caused to their courses in the move from Broadstairs to Canterbury.

According to CCCU’s website says the ground floor will have social spaces that can be used for exhibitions and gigs. the upper levels will include dark rooms, reading rooms, recording studios, Mac labs and performance areas.

The Canterbury Hub spoke to CCCU’s Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities Stephen Hawkins to find out how the building is coming along and if it will be ready in time for September.

The building will house nine courses at the university:

  • Commercial Music
  • Creative Music Technology
  • Digital Media
  • Games Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Music and Media Production
  • Music Production
  • Photography

More than just a hole in the ground

After Canterbury Archaeological Trust (CAT) excavated and found footings of the St Augustine’s Abbey precinct wall the university have been keen to integrate the historical find into the new building.

The hole pictured above will show some of the old wall covered in glass and will sit at the heart of the arts building. The new design features a viewing point all the way from the top floor down to the viewing panel in the floor. 

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