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ADP appointed to contentious Canterbury site

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Architects Design Partnership (ADP) has been appointed to design a £20 million academic building in historic Canterbury, after the project was scrapped three times in the last year.

The London-based practice has successfully responded to an OJEU notice for the work, despite Canterbury Christ Church University scuppering several previous attempts to get a scheme off the ground.

If the scheme does win the final green light later this year, it will involve the demolition of an unlisted 1960s office building sited in a conservation area.

An ADP spokesman confirmed that it aimed to build a landmark building, which would be sympathetic to the surrounding area in Rhodaus Town, located in the heart of Canterbury's historic city centre.

Although the reason for the scheme's previous lack of progress remains unclear, any new application will have to appease the views of local residents, who are keen to reduce any impact on central Canterbury's architectural heritage.

ADP partner Roger Fitzgerald confirmed that his practice had beaten off competition from 44 other architects to take the opportunity to redevelop an old office block in the city for academic use.

A planning application for the work is expected to be submitted in the next few weeks.

by Rob Sharp

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