The University of Kent invested in a new 'hub' to make it a world leader that attracts students and academics from around the world.
Creating the hub was another example of our track record for delivering campus upgrades in university environments, following similar facilities for universities
that include Cambridge, Bournemouth, Birmingham City, West London and Brighton.
The challenge was to provide a new five storey academic building
on a split level site with 150 linear metres of ground retaining sacrificial
sheet piles. It also had to include 150 offices, Seminar rooms, 3 lecture
Theatres, a double height Atrium space and fully functioning Kitchen and dining
We delivered a home to the Kent Business School and the School of
Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science. By bringing together academics, students,
researchers and administrative staff from these schools into a modern new
facility, the hub has given the university approximately 8,000m² of
state-of-the-art space that will help attract the best people in the
competitive higher education sector.
The Head of Estates for the University, Peter Czarnomski, stated:
“This is the best construction project I have EVER worked on!”
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Planning for the future
The client appointed Willmott Dixon for the following reasons:
extensive university track-record
know-how for live environment working
social investment programme for community
local team with impeccable construction credentials
The facilities will allow the university to develop their current activities and strengthen their position in the higher education sector. The space includes 5,600m² of academic and research workspaces, administration and reception areas for the two schools and 2,350m² of teaching and learning spaces. It also includes three lecture theatres, seminar rooms and MBA and IT suites.
Willmott Dixon aim to provide 100 working weeks for apprentices, as well as six student placements, 300 workshops and 360 site visits during the construction phase. This is part of our community engagement programme with the university.
”This hub will give each of the departments their own distinct learning area
that will attract students and academics keen to develop their knowledge and
research using these high-tech facilities.
Importantly, we’re bringing our experience of higher education and
working in live environments on major hub projects to ensure we create a centrepiece
that will provide a learning environment for many generations to