£6 million science, art and design centre opens at Ramsgate’s St Lawrence College

The new building at St Lawrence College

St Lawrence College in Ramsgate has officially opened its new £6 million science, art and design technology centre, at the heart of the main senior school campus.

The innovative building has been named The Canon Perfect Centre after a prominent former pupil and headmaster of the college who, during his 31 year tenure, oversaw many building projects at the school.  The building marks the completion of an academic quad, with clever, thoughtful design blending old and new architecture.

Inside the art room

At the school’s Founders’ Day on October 13, major donors and Friends of the school were invited to the building’s official opening and given tours of the classrooms.  Sixth Form pupil and prefect, Amara Relf, spoke to the guests about how their generosity makes an enormous difference, not just by donating towards facilities, but by giving local pupils the opportunity to join the school with bursary support.

Design and Technology

The college aims to aid creativity and innovation through the spacious classrooms and state-of-the-art equipment at the new facility.

Design Technology workshops are housed on the lower ground floor, followed by two floors of science classrooms and labs. Art and photography studios are on the top floor, with sliding doors opening onto outside balconies.  The building has also been designed to accommodate plenty of exhibition space for showcasing pupils’ work.

New science classroom

St Lawrence College Principal, Antony Spencer, said: “Preparing our pupils for an uncertain but exciting future that will be dominated by the growth of AI, robotics and emerging technologies makes it even more important that we foster the human qualities of imagination, innovation and creativity. We are delighted that this new building reflects this vision.”