Canterbury College is situated in the heart of East Kent. It was established in 1947 and has grown to be one of the largest Further and Higher Education Colleges in the area.
Recently, Canterbury College Sheppey Campus began extending the type of courses, including Building & Construction where students can study diplomas in Bricklaying, Carpentry and Joinery, or Site Carpentry. Those new to these subjects can take a Multi-trades course that teaches the basics.
The courses have enjoyed huge growth so funding was secured to extend the college facilities to accommodate the burgeoning numbers of students and diploma activities. Building contractors Benning Brothers were appointed due to their extensive experience in the sector, who in turn appointed Offset Architects. Together, both parties turned to temporary buildings as a potential solution after traditional buildings proved too expensive for the budget given.
On-site space at the college was already squeezed and limited, and, combined with intricate building plans, multi-party involvement and high expectations, this appeared to be a more complex project than normal.
Sales manager for the region Ian Mackenzie, consulted with all involved and advised a bespoke sized 8.3m wide x 15m long x 4.2m high insulated temporary building. The temporary building was also linked to the college’s actual building, and installed on a new Benning Bros-designed concrete ring beam- the result of many co-partner detailed site meetings and visits to Aganto buildings in order to incorporate the features into their designs.
The building was of course insulated as it was to be used for pupils to carry out activities in, and also featured manually operated steel roller shutter doors and access pedestrian doors.
“This project is different to the norm in a variety of ways, including what it’s being used for, also with the number of partners involved. However, we made a great team and learned from each other’s strengths. The college was happy and that’s what it’s all about. Just another great example of Aganto’s flexibility in application and teamwork.”
Bennings Brothers add:
“The installation stage went well and the building went up quickly within a week and looked great with the end product being well received.
“This was a viable and practical solution to a space issue, which has now allowed the college to create additional covered areas for the forthcoming 2018 students.”