Canterbury College Block 17

Canterbury, Kent

Project Details

Canterbury College

Project Manager

Archial Architects

Morgan Sindall

Project Value

Contract Period
62 weeks including demolition

Procurement Type
2 Stage Design and Build

Form of Contract
JCT 2011

Size (sqm)

Very good

Apprentices Employed

Project Brief

Canterbury College asked for a vibrant heart for their new ‘Block 17’ campus building. Replacing their outdated Herring building, the design introduced an atrium space through the building. Upper floor accommodation is dedicated for training space, independent living and skills.

The ground floor reception area and café is separated from the above to maintain privacy and security, this space also acts as an exhibition and social space for the students. To allow easy access, a pedestrian link connects the adjacent St Nicholas special needs accommodation. The construction standardised the building of other blocks at the college using the same windows, lock suiting and swegon air handling units.

“The exceptional sports centre gives visitors a real sense of arrival as they enter the campus and will provide students with a first class sports facility and learning environment. Morgan Sindall has extensive experience in delivering high-quality education schemes across the country and we are delighted to add this project to that record.”

Community Engagement

Learnings Experiences

  • Community engagement and having learning experience on site was used to the College’s advantage as a real live project to visit as the College delivers construction courses


  • Seven apprenticeships provided through the scheme

Key Challenges

  • Early engagement and constant liaison with the college including weekly meetings and careful planning of all vehicle and staff movements
  • Utilising lessons learnt from previous schemes provided
  • Implementation of specific subcontractors at an early stage enabled design development within tight timescales and best value.
  • Fibre reinforced concrete floors were used rather than steel mesh which allowed the floors to be poured quicker reducing the programme time
  • Introduction of BIM/3D modelling providing virtual walkthrough of the building and earlier identification of the few services clashes encountered
  • Procurement via the Framework in 5 weeks
  • Collaborative approach to agreeing contract sum and required VE which continued throughout the project
  • Second stage achieved in just 16 weeks from tender receipt to starting on site

Project Takeaways

Our Success

Our Learnings

Value Added

KPI’s & Statistics

ContractGateway 3 FormationGateway 4 Final AccountVariation

Apprentices: 7 no.
Average AIR: 0
Average CCS score: 45/50
Waste diverted from Landfill: 99%
Completion KPIs: 91%
End user KPIs: 90%

Contact: Ray Mcauley