Kent College Canterbury – Great Hall Topping Out Ceremony

17 Jan 2019

Three brave Kent College staff recently climbed the scaffolding tower at the centre of the Great Hall building site. The Kent College Headmaster, Dr David Lamper, was joined on the rooftop by the Bursar – Angela Hencher, the school Chaplain – Dr Paul Glass and two members of the building company, W W Martin. At the top of the building Dr Paul Glass blessed the building and the lights of the 10ft Christmas tree, which was secured at the top, were turned on.

Dr David Lamper, Executive Head of Kent College said; ‘At the beginning of Advent and in this season of anticipation, what better time to bless the new Kent College Great Hall during the topping out ceremony to celebrate progress on the marvellous new facility which will open in 2019’.

The purpose engineered space draws on the latest in architectural design having the ability to expand or contract it’s foyer, reducing the seating from 600 to 389 for smaller performances and create space for exhibitions, galleries or entertaining. The building itself has a low-energy passive labyrinth heating and ventilation system, photovoltaic cells and will be built to comply to the highest level of sustainability standards. The Great Hall is another step for Kent College in building a world-class campus and it will be used as a versatile and practical space for the school’s highly regarded drama and music departments and for the wider local community. Kent College is a key sponsor of the Canterbury Festival who will also use the Great Hall as part of the annual events programme in October each year.

The Great Hall will be completed in 2019.