The first sod of earth has been turned ahead of the construction of a £65 million science and medical building at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Cllr Colin Spooner, the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, joined university vice-chancellor Rama Thirunamachandran for the formal ceremony at the North Holmes Road site today (Wednesday).
Due to be complete by September 2020, the building will serve the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and medicine (STEM).
Dr Thirunamachandran told assembled guests: “This is a very special occasion for the university. The development of science, technology, engineering and medicine is an important part of the university’s strategy.
“It will provide a huge opportunity for a whole range of students. I’m very proud of what we are trying to achieve.”
The STEM building is part of a £150 million transformation project for the whole university.
Courses taught at the building will include biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, product design and software engineering.