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Site Facilities
Sports Facilities
Registration Fees
Accompanying Persons
Social Functions
Location Maps

Venue Back to top 

The conference will be hosted at The University of Kent at Canterbury, which is a modern campus set in 300 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds overlooking the historic cathedral city of Canterbury. It offers a wide variety of restaurants and bars, as well as on site shops and banking and a wide selection of indoor and outdoor sports and leisure facilities.

Accommodation Back to top 

Single and twin accommodation is on offer as well as en-suite and standard facilities. We are offering a number of rooms with ensuite facilities and ‘standard’ rooms which are clustered around shared facilities. The allocation of ensuite rooms will be on a first come first served basis. All rooms are modern and well equipped and many have been recently refurbished. They carry a 3* rating from the English Tourism Council and all have tea and coffee making facilities.

Site Facilities Back to top 

Free on site parking, in general adjacent to the bedroom blocks will be provided.

The site has a variety of restaurants, bars and bistros and a mini-market, campus shops and vending machines.

There are a number of banking halls and 24 hour cash dispensers.

Sports Facilities Back to top 

Facilities for over 30 different sports are provided on site and include 2 indoor sports halls, indoor and outdoor tennis. Badminton, volleyball and netball. Facilities for five-a-side football, soccer, cricket, rugby, hockey and squash exist. There is a sauna and a multigym and an 'all weather' multi-activity pitch. Snooker, pool and football tables are also available.

Travel Back to top 

Click here to view location maps for Canterbury and the University Campus

By Sea and Rail
Calais or Boulogne to Dover or Folkestone - Approx 75 minutes by ferry, or 35 minutes by Hovercraft

Ostend to Dover or Ramsgate - Approx 210 minutes by ferry, 90 minutes
by Jetfoil (Dover only)

Direct trains from Dover Priory Station to Canterbury East every half hour on weekdays (Hourly on Sundays) - Journey time approximately 30 minutes.

Further information available from:
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By Air
Arrive at Heathrow - Take underground to Victoria Railway Station, then train to Canterbury East

Arrive at Gatwick - Take taxi or Gatwick Express to Victoria and then train to Canterbury East.

Further information available from:
British Airways -
EasyJet -
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Via the Channel Tunnel
From France or Belgium take the Eurostar to Ashford. - Journey time approx. 2 hours from Paris, 1 hour 40 minutes from Brussels, and 1 hour from Lille.

There are regular and frequent trains from Ashford to Canterbury West - journey time approx 30 minutes.

Further information available from:
Eurostar -

By Rail
There are two rail routes from London

London Victoria to Canterbury East - journey time approx 85 minutes. Monday to Fridays two trains per hour (one direct, one change at Faversham). Sundays - direct hourly service

London Charing Cross or Waterloo East to Canterbury West - journey time approx 90 minutes. Monday to Friday - direct hourly service through most of the day.

Taxis are available at both stations to the campus.

Further information available from:
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By Road
To reach Canterbury from:

London: M2, A2 (56 miles; 89 km)
Dover: A2 (16 miles, 26 km)
Ramsgate: A253, A28 (18 miles, 29 km)
Ashford: A28 (14 miles, 22km)
Maidstone: M20, M2, A2 (26 miles, 42km)
Tonbridge: M20, M2, A2 (40 miles, 64 km)
From the North or West: M25, M20, M2, A2.

Canterbury to the University - Watch for University signs. Canterbury central ring road, on to A290 Whitstable Road, up St Thomas Hill. Approximately 1 mile off the ring road (1,6km) along the A290 the University Entrance is on the right near the top of the hill.

Delegates will be given directions to a car park adjacent to their accommodation upon registration.

Further information available from:
AA Route Planner -
MultiMap -

By Bus
Canterbury Bus Station to the Campus - Regular bus service taking approximately 14 minutes.

From Canterbury East - follow path on City Walls to the Bus Station.

From Canterbury West - turn right out of the station, walk to the main road, and the bus stop is on the far side, approx 50 metres to the left.

Further information available from:
StageCoach -

Registration Fees Back to top 

The attached booking form should be completed and returned (no later than 1st April 2004) together with remittance to Alice Staite at the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Registered delegates will receive a bound volume of papers at the conference. Synopses and papers will be available on the web-site before the conference. Access will be restricted via a password to registered delegates.

Accompanying Persons Back to top 

The accompanying persons fee includes meals and accommodation as given above and the programmed visits detailed. These include – Canterbury Cathedral, Leeds Castle, Hever Castle (the childhood home of Anne Boleyn), Chartwell (the family home of Winston Churchill) and Bedgebury Pinetum.

Social Functions Back to top

All those attending, both delegates and accompanying persons, will be invited to attend the Conference Dinner on Thursday 24th June. Accompanying persons may join their partners on the technical visits. Entertainment will be provided on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.

Exhibition Back to top 

An exhibition will complement the Conference. For details please contact Keith Gardiner on 01925 463735 or e-mail

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