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Canterbury College spends another £9 million building a new business and arts complex at its New Dover Road campus

Canterbury College is investing a further £9 million to expand its city campus.

The new complex will include a business and enterprise centre, new arts buildings and sports facilities.

An artist's impression of the new complex
An artist's impression of the new complex

It is the final phase of a £140 million redevelopment project spanning 10 years.

The college has secured a £3 million grant from the Skills Funding Agency to pay for part of the scheme.

College principal Alison Clarke
College principal Alison Clarke

Construction will start early in the new year if the city council grants planning permission.

It is hoped the complex would open in September 2015.

Principal Alison Clarke says: "This exciting project will complete the redevelopment of our city centre site, delivering first-class facilities for pupils and staff at the college, which will also be available to the wider community.

"In the past ten years, the college has invested substantially in new buildings and facilities, and I am delighted that we will, with the help of the Skills Funding Agency, be able to complete our vision.

"I am especially pleased that the investment in Supported Learning within the new facilities will enable us to continue and improve the help we can offer students with additional learning needs."

Ms Clarke says the project, which would use a local workforce, would also provide apprenticeships and work experience opportunities for students.

She adds: "Once opened, the new buildings will enable new job opportunities as the college extends its business and sports services to the community.”

Canterbury College's main campus in New Dover Road
Canterbury College's main campus in New Dover Road

The business centre will be a training facility, as well as a venue for the business community and corporate events.

Elsewhere, the art block will feature purpose-built modern sculpture and ceramics studios, with specially-designed facilities for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.

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