The Great Hall, Canterbury

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The delivery of all construction works to The Great Hall in Canterbury which opened in September 2019.The new building provides Kent College with a fantastic new facility which has become a focal point for school life at the College as well as a key venue for Kent.

The impressive new state of the art 600-seat auditorium, provides cutting-edge facilities for worship, concerts and the performing arts. It has been designed and built as a versatile and practical space that offers exceptional facilities.

A key criterion at the proposal stage was to provide an assembly space for the whole school whilst also providing an intimate theatre space suitable for professional standard drama and music performances. These varying uses and scales of spaces were catered for by creating a flexible space that can be transformed to accommodate either. There is additional seating which is used during assembly periods but can then be stored away for theatre mode, which with use of a moveable partition creates additional foyer space. This flexible, efficient, layout also optimises the floor area and limits the footprint of the building.

Since it’s opening it has most notably been used as a key venue to host 4 events in support of ‘The Canterbury Festival’ in 2019, an independent charity bringing a mixture of performing arts from around the world, championing new talent.

We are also delighted that The Great Hall has also enjoyed success in a number of awards since we completed the works. This includes:

  • Winner - RICS Soical Impact Award (South East) in the Leisure category
  • Finalist - Constructing Excellence SECBE 2020 Awards in the Collaborative Working category.
  • Winner - Canterbury Design Society Awards - New Building Outside a Conservation Area
  • Winner - Canterbury Design Society Awards - Most Innovative Solution to out Climate and Ecological Emergency


Client: Kent College Canterbury
Architect: HMY
Engineer: CTP Engineers
Consultant: Fulkers

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