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Charles Holland gets green light for Kent school art centre

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Dover District Council has given Charles Holland Architects the green light for a new art centre at a boarding school in Kent

Northbourne Park School is set in the Grade II*-listed Betteschanger House, a former country house designed by Victorian architect George Devey. 

The architect is masterplanning several projects to add to the campus, including a new all-weather sports pitch, a dormitory block and the Centre for Creative Art.

The timber-framed art centre will be built away from the house, bordered on one side by mature trees. On the other side it will open up to a country landscape and will be used for outdoor art lessons and dramatic performances.

Practice founder Charles Holland said: ‘As admirers of Devey’s work, it has been a great pleasure to work on the development of the school’s exceptionally beautiful site.

‘Rather than mimic the materials or forms of Betteshanger House in an obvious way, we have developed a pavilion building that contains abstracted references to Devey’s work.’

Np cah plan

Np cah plan

Floor plan

Project Data

Location Betteshanger, Kent
Type of project New-build education
Client Northbourne Park School
Architect Charles Holland Architects
Engineer HRW
Planning consultant Tim Harbord
Heritage consultant Architectural History Practice
Budget Undisclosed

Plan charles holland architects kent

Plan charles holland architects kent

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  • Shades of Asplunds Woodland Chapel and Tallum Pavillion. Good to have a quirky eccentric around who provokes us out of our featureless minimalism.

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