University College of the Creative Arts, Maidstone

The existing building was created as a purpose-designed school of art (Maidstone College of Art) designed in the late 1960’s by the Kent County Council Architect’s Department, and opened in 1970. Sited in Oakwood Park, this building, together with its adjacent mature landscaping, (as originally designed) is one of the best examples of modern architecture of the period to be found in Kent, particularly in the composition of the overlapping volumetric blocks which interlock with the various external landscaped spaces around them, and the disciplined use of brick and concrete.

An earlier masterplan study of this Campus by DJA had identified a location where a lift could be inserted which could link up 7 split levels in the existing college buildings. Coupled with a new concrete external ramp, this proposal opened up the majority of the upper floor accommodation to wheelchair use for the first time. The lift was also to be used as an evacuation lift and provide refuge on the upper floors.

The existing building was created as a purpose-designed school of art (Maidstone College of Art) designed in the late 1960’s by the Kent County Council Architect’s Department, and opened in 1970. Sited in Oakwood Park, this building, together with its adjacent mature landscaping, (as originally designed) is one of the best examples of modern architecture of the period to be found in Kent, particularly in the composition of the overlapping volumetric blocks which interlock with the various external landscaped spaces around them, and the disciplined use of brick and concrete.

An earlier masterplan study of this Campus by DJA had identified a location where a lift could be inserted which could link up 7 split levels in the existing college buildings. Coupled with a new concrete external ramp, this proposal opened up the majority of the upper floor accommodation to wheelchair use for the first time. The lift was also to be used as an evacuation lift and provide refuge on the upper floors.