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Scheme shortlisted for AJ Retrofit Award

The Sail and Colour Loft at Chatham’s Historic Dockyard, which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument as well as a Grade 1 Listed building, has been shortlisted in the Heritage Building under £5M category of the AJ Retrofit Awards.The building has recently been converted into the new Medway Business School for the University of Kent to provide teaching, academic and administration facilities.

Architect's HMY and Betteridge & Milsom have worked with the client, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and Historic England, to provide a top class environment for both staff and students, whilst at the same time respecting the building, its history and its heritage features.

“The innovative teaching spaces are light, bright, pleasant and modern; however, the fundamental characteristics of the building remain intact, including the ancient beams, Georgian windows and historic offices on the first and second floors. New staff offices are large, agreeable and full of character.”
Giles Polglase, University of Kent

“The outcome is an outstanding re-use that provides great, modern academic work space that will secure the long term future of a building where legends were created, including HMS Victory’s sails and Nelson’s flags flown at the Battle of Trafalgar”.
Bill Ferris OBE DL, Chief Executive, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust