Project information.

  • Sector Education
  • ClientUniversity of Kent
  • LocationCanterbury
  • Value£27M

Project team.

  • ArchitectPenoyre & Prasad
  • ContractorWillmott Dixon

The project.

The new and striking Sibson building for Kent Business School (KBS) and the School of Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science (SMSAS) creates a vibrant new campus destination, bringing together academics, students, researchers and administrative staff from the two
departments under one roof.

Sibson provides vastly improved and increased academic space, including 3 lecture theatres, seminar rooms, researchers’ workspace and administration and reception areas. Other areas provided includes dedicated MBA  rooms, IT suites and a stunning open atrium, used as a social meeting space.

Sibson has been designed to be a new home for students of these departments and as such a café, breakout spaces and a staff terrace are provided along with the teaching spaces.

Careful consideration was given to the design of Sibson throughout the pre-construction phase, as the scheme is located within the heart of the Parkwood woodlands. The final design enabled a visually stunning building to be carefully constructed, maximising the potential of the
available site whilst minimising any issues around ecology and arboricultural matters.

The hub of teaching, learning and working allows two of the University of Kent’s most successful departments to expand and strengthen their position within the higher education market place. Most importantly, it will offer KBS and SMSAS a new home to express their identity and character.

The project has been well received by the industry, being shortlisted and winning several awards including a National RIBA Award, Project of the Year at the Kent Design and Development Awards and a Finalist at the World Architecture Festival Awards.