Leicester clinical sciences building gets a makeover

Stepnell to refurbish University of Leicester clinical sciences building

The University of Leicester has appointed construction specialist Stepnell to undertake a £1.1 million programme of refurbishment at its Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Sciences Building. 

Stepnell is carrying out work to transform the ground floor and part of the first-floor of the building, which is located at the Leicester Royal Infirmary site. The scheme – which is in close collaboration with University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust – includes a reconfiguration of the existing internal layout and creation of a new main entrance lobby, as well as a comprehensive internal refurbishment programme to create a vibrant and modern environment. 

The project includes the installation of ‘rotating’ walls – a system of movable, internal partitions – which will give the university more flexibility in the way the internal space can be used. The project will also deliver improvements to the existing space’s acoustic performance. In addition, Stepnell will carry out mechanical and electrical services installation, which will introduce more energy-efficient services. 

Work got under way this summer on the project, which is set for completion in December 2015. The building will remain in use during the construction programme. Stepnell, which brings strong expertise of working in occupied ‘live’ environments, will liaise closely with the Infirmary and the university to ensure the work goes ahead without disruption. 

Jonathan Clements, project manager at the University of Leicester, comments: “This refurbishment will convert the medical teaching area in the Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Sciences Building from a general student breakout space into a practical examination space and associated teaching facilities. We are pleased to be working with Stepnell on another major project for the University that will enhance the student experience here at Leicester.”

“We’re very excited to be working with the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust to transform the Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Sciences Building delivering these first-class, modern facilities for students and staff,” says Stepnell operations and commercial manager Thomas Sewell. “Earlier this year, Stepnell began the construction of a £1.5 million new gallery and courtyard at the Richard Attenborough Centre, the University’s inclusive arts centre. We’re delighted to now be working on this second major project for the University of Leicester.” 

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