Great Hall, Kent College Canterbury
Kent College Canterbury is an independent school dating from 1885. It has undergone significant development in its history and in 2016 a second school was opened in Dubai. There are also future plans for a presence in Hong Kong.
A few years ago the decision was taken to build a major new hall. This would serve as a venue for assemblies and worship, along with concerts and drama.
The building was designed by architects HazleMcCormackYoung with structural engineers CTP and mechanical and electrical engineers BSP. Adrian James Acoustics was appointed early on at Stage 2 to carry out acoustic design and theatre consultancy roles for this project.
Key to the hall’s flexibility was the stage engineering design. The stage can transform from an open concert platform to a fully-masked proscenium stage for drama, with a capacity adjustable between 389 and 600 seats.
In April 2018 a ceremony of groundbreaking took place, attended by local dignitaries. Less than 18 months later, the hall was ready for commissioning, and a service of dedication was held. AJA’s Principal Acoustics and Theatre Consultant Ian Rees was present at this auspicious event.
The Great Hall is now fully operational, and in late October acted as the venue for two concerts in the Canterbury Festival. This new relationship with the Festival is one of the benefits which the new hall will offer to the city as well as to the school itself.
Client : CTP / BSP
Architects : HazleMcCormackYoung LLP
Contract value : £5.6 million