The proposed science and engineering block at Canterbury Christ Church University

VIDEO: Christ Church pressing ahead with £60 million science block

Canterbury Christ Church University is moving forward with plans for a new science, engineering, technology and health block at its North Holmes Road campus.

The £60 million landmark building is scheduled to be complete by 2020 and 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.

“These highly qualified professionals will become part of society alongside the many thousands of healthcare professionals, teachers and policemen who have already successfully graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University.”

The building is a key element of the university’s master plan which will see the university invest £150 in development over the next 10 to 15 years.

Christ Church is also creating a new arts building which will house the “latest digital facilities will support and inspire the next generation of artistic professionals”.

And having acquired the former HMP Canterbury, the university has drawn up plans for the redevelopment of the Victorian prison.

It said: “Demolition work outside the main prison building starts in spring 2018 ahead of the opening of a new building for science, engineering, technology and health in 2020.

“This will be followed by the sensitive conversion of the prison building in future years to create new facilities including a heritage centre for the community.”

Christ Church is inviting potential contractors for the science block to visit the site for an overview of the project.

This is due to take place on May 16.

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