Project information.

  • Sector Commercial
  • ClientUniversity of Kent
  • LocationChatham
  • Value£1m

Project team.

  • ArchitectHazleMcCormackYoung

The project.

This unique scheme saw the conversion of the Sail and Colour Loft at Chatham’s Historic Dockyard, carefully converting the building into administration and teaching facilities for the Kent Business School.

Originally called the Sail and Colour Loft, the small Chatham Dockyard factory had made flags flown by generations of British sailors.

The building, which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, as well as a Grade 1 Listed building, required careful consideration in both its design and implementation.

Working with Architect’s HMY, B&M worked closely with the client to ensure that the scheme was completed on budget and stringent cost controls were put in place to achieve this.

B&M also provided reports to both the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and Historic England, ensuring that all stakeholders were fully informed as the scheme developed.

The collaboration of the project team culminated in the project being shortlisted in the “Heritage Building under £5M” category of the AJ Retrofit Awards.


Services Used

“The innovative teaching spaces are light, bright, pleasant and modern; however, the fundamental characteristics of the building remain intact, including the ancient beams, Georgian windows and historic offices on the first and second floors. New staff offices are large, agreeable and full of character.”

Giles Polglase, University of Kent