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.

The landscape complements and connects the many elements of the site; a civic square shared with the Malthouse is an important focal point of the campus. Domestic gardens bound two other sides of the College building, while, to the north, the new sports court will be used by the College, King's School and local community.

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