BDP has been appointed as an interdisciplinary team to design a new academic building for Canterbury Christ Church University.
The multi-million pound scheme is on the site of a Grade II listed former prison building, on the university’s North Holmes campus in the city centre, and will involve both new build and refurbishment elements.
The acquisition of the site in April 2014, offers the university the opportunity to consolidate its activities within the city centre and create an engaging and innovative student centred environment.
Architect associate Beth Bourrelly said: “This is a very exciting opportunity to enhance the overall student experience at Canterbury Christ Church University, and provide a high quality academic building with external spaces fit for a 21st century university. BDP has vast experience of creating inspiring places for students and academics and we are looking forward to developing our relationship with the university.”
Andrew Ironside, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Resources), said: “We are delighted to be working with BDP on the first phase of our estate masterplan. They have demonstrated great creativity and understanding of our needs as a university committed to enhancing our student and staff experience, as well as benefiting our local community.”
Last year BDP completed a masterplan vision for the university to set the framework for future capital projects over the next 10 to 15 years.
Design work will begin straightaway with the team working towards planning and listed building submission in spring 2016.