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The Malthouse, The King's School Canterbury

Essential alterations only and preserved original features maintain The Malthouse's dramatic character

The Malthouse, The King's School Canterbury, Canterbury
The Malthouse, The King's School Canterbury, Canterbury Credit: Philip Vile

Tim Ronalds Architects for The King’s School, Canterbury
Contract value: £10.7m 
GIA: 4,425m2
Cost per m2: £2,418

The school acquired the 1869 Malthouse to create a performing arts centre for school and city in this atmospheric ‘found space’ in line with its tradition in drama. The building includes theatre, orchestra pit, workshops and studios, exhibition rooms and supporting hospitality and backstage spaces. The strategy was to make only essential alterations to preserve the inherent dramatic character. The theatre space was formed by threading five steel portal frames through the existing building structure and hanging the third floor structure from the new frames. Internally, original features were preserved. New materials are in keeping with the existing industrial character of the building.

 

  • The Malthouse, The King's School Canterbury, Canterbury
    The Malthouse, The King's School Canterbury, Canterbury Credit: Philip Vile
  • The Malthouse, The King's School Canterbury, Canterbury
    The Malthouse, The King's School Canterbury, Canterbury Credit: Philip Vile
  • The Malthouse, The King's School Canterbury, Canterbury
    The Malthouse, The King's School Canterbury, Canterbury Credit: Philip Vile
  • The Malthouse, The King's School Canterbury, Canterbury
    The Malthouse, The King's School Canterbury, Canterbury Credit: Philip Vile
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