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Abbey wall remains found on site of new arts building

Abbey wall remains found on site of new arts building

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Canterbury Christ Church University has confirmed that its planned new arts building on the university’s North Holmes Campus will open in September 2018

During an initial examination of the site, Canterbury Archeological Society has discovered footings for St Augustine’s Abbey precinct wall – which will be exposed beneath glass in the new facility. The new centre will support growth in the region’s creative arts and digital industries, and is part of the university’s wider programme of expansion plans.

From next year, The Schools of Media, Art and Design, and Music and Performing Arts, both in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, will occupy the building, which will offer a state-of-the-art learning space and technology to provide CCCU students with the best environment for their studies.

The design of the arts building celebrates the university’s position within the city’s World Heritage Site. Through the design features within the building and its external landscaping, the new facility will help to illustrate the unique history of Canterbury’s World Heritage Site to students, staff and visitors.

The construction is part of the university’s wider Estate Master Plan, which will see the redevelopment of the university’s Canterbury Campus over the next 10 to 15 years. As part of its long-term vision, a new facility for engineering and a heritage centre as part of the university’s transformation of the former prison quarter has also been given a green light for development.

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