St Lawrence College, Ramsgate

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We are delighted to have completed the delivery of a new four-storey science, technology and art building at a traditional co-educational independent school in Ramsgate, Kent.

The innovative new building has been named the 'Canon Perfect Centre' after a former pupil and head teacher of the college who, during his 31 year tenure, oversaw many building projects at the school.

The new contemporary designed building is split across four levels, with one storey below ground. Design technology workshops are housed on the lower ground floor, followed by two floors of science classrooms and labs, and art and photography studios on the top floor, with huge sliding doors opening onto outside balconies. The building has also been designed to accommodate plenty of exhibition space for pupils' work.

The overall design and finished construction of the School building is intended to provide a subtle connection with the existing older surrounding buildings, as well as a contrast, with the building to featuring modern render panels and aluminium windows. The new facility, situated at the heart of the main senior school campus, sees the completion of an academic quad.

St Lawrence College head teacher, Antony Spencer, said: "Preparing our pupils for an uncertain but exciting future that will be dominated by the growth of Al, robotics and emerging technologies makes it even more important that we foster the human qualities of imagination, innovation and creativity.

"We are delighted that this new building reflects this vision."

Our long standing relationship with St Lawrence College goes back 138 years, when WW Martin Ltd constructed 'Dane Park House' in 1879, and the main school building on College Road in 1884 and its Chapel in 1927 which was dedicated by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

WW Martin also built the existing Science Block on the other side of College Road in 1933 (see photos) but at almost 85 years old these old buildings are no longer conducive to 21st century teaching, and the amount of renovation required to make them such would prove cost prohibitive.


Client: St Lawrence College
Architect: Giarti Ltd

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Registered Company Name: WW Martin Ltd. Registered Office: Dane Park Road, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 7LT. Company Registration No. 504927. Place of Registration: England