Raised Floor Solutions is on site in Canterbury installing steel floor decking for the construction of a landmark new £60m Science Technology, Engineering and Medicine (STEM) building at Canterbury Christ Church University.
The cutting-edge new facility will provide a central location for STEM studies, including new courses in Engineering, part of the University’s new Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise (EDGE Hub). The building will also be utilised by the new Kent and Medway Medical School, a collaboration with the University of Kent.
Combined, and through innovations in learning and teaching, the new facility aims to provide work ready graduates, helping meet the predicted requirement of 800,000 Science, Engineering and Technology professionals by 2020 announced by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
The building is one of three new facilities occupying the site of Canterbury’s former prison and is part of a fifteen-year £150m campus transformation plan.
The building occupies three storeys comprising two academic wings that sit behind a central shared space called the Cloister. The Cloister forms the building’s main frontage and provides a setting for informal learning. Within the Cloister are two lecture theatres and a series of social breakout spaces that lead to a second-floor terrace with views over to St Martin’s Church, St Augustine’s Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral.
Raised Floor Solutions’ steel decking division, Metaldeck, started on site in July and is supplying and installing 4,667m2 of Kingspan Multideck MD60 and MD146.