The play's the thing for London-based architect after Kent project gets green light

Keith Williams Architects' designs for a £25m performing arts centre in Canterbury have been given the go-ahead by the city council.

The Marlowe Theatre will hold a 1,200-seat auditorium, foyers, restaurants and bars. It will sit alongside a new riverside walk and public square.

The construction period is expected to last from 2009 to mid-2011, and is dependent on a further £6m being raised through a public appeal.

Keith Williams' previous experience of designing public projects in the UK and Ireland includes the Unicorn Theatre in south London and the Athlone Civic Centre and Wexford Opera House in Wexford, south-east Ireland.