The conversion of The Malthouse, designed with Tim Ronalds Architects for The King’s School Canterbury, has won the AJ Retrofit Award 2021 in the category 'Cultural Buildings £5 million and over'.
The project was split into two parts: the first being the conversion of the original maltstore and kilns into new dance studios, classrooms, kitchen and foyer with a central main staircase. The second part involved the conversion of the five-storey turning halls into a new theatre. This required new steelwork to be threaded into the existing roof to create new transfer trusses which support two levels of the original floor structure, now suspended from above, while two lower levels of original filler joist floor were cut back to create the 400-seat theatre space.
In the words of the judges, the scheme combines ‘a freshness of approach while sensitively retaining the character of the existing building’.
Congratulations to the design team!
Tim Ronalds Architects
Skelly & Couch Ltd
Buxton Building Contractors
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