International College for The King's School, Canterbury

New College creates home from home for international pupils

In 2016 the King’s School asked Walters & Cohen to undertake a feasibility study for a 1.25-hectare ex-industrial site on the edge of Canterbury’s city centre.

This study resulted in an updated masterplan for the site that includes an International College, six houses for staff, a flood-lit sports court with changing facilities, and a new drama centre and theatre in the 19th-century Malthouse building (undertaken by another practice). The scheme was granted consent with unanimous support from the City of Canterbury’s planning committee in March 2017.

The International College teaches students aged 11-16, acting as a stepping-stone for those entering the English school system from abroad. In consultation with the school we developed designs for a three-storey building that wraps around a private courtyard. The building comprises 34 en suite bedrooms with boarding for 80 students, several flats for staff, classrooms, and specialist teaching facilities.

In keeping with the site’s industrial heritage, the building is clad in steel that will weather well and elegant concrete, complimenting the Malthouse building adjacent. The relationship between the two buildings is strengthened by the landscape: a civic square between them is an important focal point of the campus.

The project is shortlisted for a RIBA Award.


2020RIBA South East Awards – shortlisted


ClientThe King's School, Canterbury

Total valueConfidential

CompletionMay 2019

Area3,000 m2


Structural engineerPrice & Myers

Building ServicesSkelly & Couch

LandscapeBradley-Hole Schoenaich

Planning consultantHobbs Parker

Project managerFanshawe

ContractorR Durtnell & Sons