King's School Canterbury – Malthouse

An outstanding new drama centre developed within a pre-industrial maltings building.

This exciting project provides a new drama centre for The King’s School Canterbury, a co-educational day and boarding school. A 19th century maltings houses the centre, which includes drama and dance teaching facilities, a 350-seat theatre, a commercial kitchen, dining rooms, science and art teaching accommodation, and theatre foyers.

Working closely alongside partner architects, Tim Ronalds Architects, Skelly & Couch has designed completely new services for all areas of the building. Through working also with Charcoal Blue to design theatre systems, standard specifications have been developed for use across all of the school’s projects to aid maintenance. As well as M&E services to improve sustainability and energy usage, the fabric of the building, including the roof, has been upgraded significantly. The malthouse was previously used to produce malted barley for the brewing trade, thus there are some fascinating, pre-industrial-age features to the building, such as the large kilns where the barley was fired.