The Space performing arts centre
The Space was completed in 2010 as a result of the generosity of the school community.
The building accommodates the Music and Drama departments and is inspired by Snape Maltings in Suffolk and the Barbican, London. Largely built from natural materials, The Space uses the latest sustainable technologies, with natural ventilation, ground water cooling and solar water heating. It has won numerous awards: the Commercial & Public Access category in the 2010 Wood Awards, Best Education Building in the 2010 Brick Awards, and an RIBA Award (South East Region) in 2011. It was nominated for the Kent Design Award 2012 for Best Public Building.
It has excellent and diverse performance, rehearsal and teaching spaces, including a concert hall, theatre, recital room, recording studio and drama studio. It acts as a performing arts centre for the school and the surrounding community and is available to local students for events such as Science Week.
The Space has also been used for a diverse range of external performances, concerts, talks and lectures which have included the London Welsh Male Voice Choir, a live satellite video link with the orbiting International Space Station, and a venue for BBC Radio 4's Any Questions?