Delays In Opening of £15m CCCU Arts Building

The new CCCU creative arts building will not be completed in time for the new semester, according to a spokesperson for the university.

The building, which is part of a £150M development, was supposed to be finished in time for the start of the 2018/19 academic year.

But due to “technical issues”, the building will no longer be completed in time for the first term.

The current state of the new arts building, taken a few days ago.

A spokesperson for the university said: “The University planned to open its new Creative Arts Building on its Canterbury Campus by September 2018.

“Unfortunately, we have been informed by the contractors that, because of technical issues, the building will not be fully accessible for teaching as originally planned.

“In order to minimise disruption and ensure the best academic experience for our students, we have decided to relocate teaching originally planned up to Christmas in the Creative Arts Building to other teaching spaces in Canterbury. This includes making arrangements for any specialist facilities that students need.”

The finished plan for the arts building

The spokesperson continued: “This will allow time for the contractor and suppliers to complete their work. In the meantime, we aim to give students and staff access to the building for informal use later in Semester 1.

“We have written to students to explain the many things that we are doing to reduce the impact of these unavoidable changes, and staff will be working very hard to ensure their studies are not adversely impacted.”

The university and the student union are working together to ensure that students’ experience at Christ Church remains positive.

Christ Church Student Union President, Phil Kloppenborg said: “The student union as disappointed by the delay to the new arts building as you are.

“We have worked with the uni to lessen the impact of this delay on student learning and we will continue to liaise with the uni on this issue.”

Editors note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the Arts building had a price tag of £150M. This is inaccurate – the building is part of plans which in total will cost £150M.

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