Estate Master Plan

Canterbury City Council has approved our planning application for the redevelopment of the former prison site in Canterbury. This follows more than two years of detailed planning and consultation with staff, students, key partner organisations and the public.

On these pages you can find out more about the University's Estate Master Plan and the proposals for the Prison Quarter and the Arts building. The University's Estate Master Plan will inform the future development of its estate over the next 10 to 15 years.


Introduction to the estate master plan

The development of the North Holmes Campus will enable the University to respond to the needs of students, the local community and the local and regional economies.

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our historic setting 

We are privileged to be situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site in this historic and cosmopolitan city.

Find out how we are ensuring our proposals are sensitive to our historic surroundings


creating the Estate Master plan

The Estate Master Plan has taken nearly two years to develop. Here you can find out how it was created.

Find out how the Estate Master Plan was created


Building 1 (Arts building)

Building 1 will provide an opportunity to celebrate the creative process and exhibit the output of students’ work in graphic and illustrative arts, digital arts, photography, commercial music and music production.

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Building 2 (prison quarter)

Building 2 (backland area) will be an academic and research facility promoting collaboration and social learning and creating an open and welcoming backdrop to St Augustine’s Abbey.

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Building 3 (prison quarter)

Building 3 (former prison building) will form a new social space, community space and welcome centre to the North Holmes Campus - the University ‘Hub’.

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routes and spaces 

The spaces in which buildings sit are as important as the buildings themselves. The outdoor spaces have been designed to unify the buildings and help pedestrians navigate their way through the campus.

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If you have a question about the University's Estate Master Plan, you may find the answer here.

Read the frequently asked questions


Contact us

If you have a question or would like to talk to one of the project team, please get in touch.

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