Work is now underway on the major redevelopment of Canterbury Christ Church University’s campus.
Demolition is taking place at the former HMP Canterbury site next to the university in North Holmes Road where Christ Church is building a new science, engineering, technology and health block.
The £60 million landmark structure is set to be complete by 2020.
It 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.
The university said: “These ambitious plans open up our campus landscape to the city to create a strong visual connection between St Martin’s Church, Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine’s Abbey.
“Our new public spaces will invite the people of Canterbury into the heart of the university and engineers trained on our newly developed engineering and technology programmes will soon graduate and be living and working in the local community.”
Christ Church is also creating a new arts building on the campus.
And it has drawn up plans for the regeneration of the Victorian prison.
The Christ Church development is one of many major projects in the city currently taking place.
Work is well underway at Kingsmead which will see housing, student accommodation, restaurants and a cinema on the land once occupied by the coach park and Serco depot.
The early stages of work have also started on the former Howe Barracks site where new homes are to be built.
There are numerous smaller developments taking place across Canterbury including the creation of a new hotel on the former Slatters site in St Margaret’s Street.
These come ahead of major house building projects in the pipeline for Thanington, south Canterbury, Sturry and Hersden.