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Greenbanks Arts & Media project appointment

Betteridge & Milsom have been appointed by The Fifth Trust as Project Managers for the building development works at Greenbanks, Kent. The Fifth Trust is a charity based near Canterbury, which supports people with learning difficulties, providing a safe and fulfilling way of life, and coaches each individual to achieve their potential. Through enjoyable and productive work, both in the local community and in their Garden Centre and Café, their students develop life skills as well as the confidence to make personal choices about their own lives.

The key aims of the scheme is to create a cluster of buildings that provide for the complex needs of Greenbank's staff and students, while also respecting the history and natural beauty of the precious landscape. The project looks to learn from Open Air schools, a movement in education architecture that prioritised connection to the landscape as conducive to learning and health.

The proposal is for four buildings that sit like a cluster of farm buildings or a hamlet, and the scheme gained planning permission last year.