Military Road, Canterbury
Large scale, student accommodation adjacent to a world heritage site


Location: Canterbury
Value: Undisclosed
Size: 65,000sqft
Programme: 2017 - 2019
Service: Architecture

We have submitted proposals for 194 student dwellings and associated amenity space within a conservation area in the city of Canterbury.

The proposed site layout represents a traditional and recognisable urban form, creating a collegiate ‘quadrangle’ typology formed by a simple external perimeter defining an internal semi-private courtyard.

The proposed terrace houses aim to be simple yet elegant, using a mixture of traditional proportions with modern detailing. Subtle brick detailing and visual devices such as recessed drainpipes create vertical banding which breaks up the massing of the elevation whilst also creating a highly contextual response to the existing context.


The architectural language of the second typology draws inspiration and guidelines from the surrounding larger scale buildings in Canterbury such as Canterbury Cathedral. The scale steps up from 2 storeys to 5 storeys, ensuring that the main mass of the building is away from any sensitive residential boundaries.

The openings are vertical in nature, with metal infill panels to allow for the desks to be placed against the window within the student rooms. Brick chamfers and recessed brick panels further define the windows, creating a well-proportioned rhythm along the elevation.