RIC is one of the region’s economic success stories, listed in the KM’s Megagrowth rankings of the 50 fastest growing businesses in Kent two years’ running.
The College has had a campus makeover and the finishing touches put to a £2million redevelopment. The historically distinctive site with listed buildings linked by award winning wildlife gardens creates a unique sense of place to explore and in which to study and work.
At the heart of a designated conservation area, RIC is housed in restored buildings enhanced by modern design features. New for 2012 is Underhill Hall, a home for RIC Drama with seating for 100 people. The copper canopied roof transforms into an open-air auditorium with productions from visiting theatre companies and students. Low voltage electrical installation and modern construction techniques combine to give the underground building a minimal carbon footprint.
The recently acquired New Court at the top of Star Hill has been colonised as a base for GCSE students and the whole site is now connected with all circulation through the gardens. Over 200 sash windows on the Georgian terrace have been rebuilt and our student residences now offer en suite facilities.
RIC students appreciate their relationship with their environment and a calm and respectful atmosphere pervades. The grounds and garden, partly developed by the students, provide a valuable resource. The mood is relaxed and inclusive, enabling all to feel secure, develop their personalities and appreciate their role within the community. Students feel that there is little bullying or unkindness and attribute the happy atmosphere to the fact that ‘everyone knows everyone.’
The 2012 expansion is supported by Swedish bank, Handelsbanken. It has always been the College’s policy to invest profits back into the business and we will continue to develop the campus to improve facilities for students.
Next year will see a dedicated arts and crafts centre established and a landmark pair of steel sculptural musical gates designed by Faversham based sound sculptor and musician Henry Dagg constructed. Dagg was nominated for a Kent Public Art Award for transforming his garden fence into a glockenspiel, has toured with Bjork and performed for Prince Charles. Rochester’s newest piece of public art is set to attract national interest when completed.