Renovation nets architectural award

University of Leicester’s new conference centre and hotel recognised by Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

A project to transform a former University Halls of Residence into a state-of-the-art conference facility and Hotel has won an award recognising the highest standards of restoration and renovation of buildings in the East Midlands.

The University of Leicester’s College Court Conference Centre and Hotel Project won the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) East Midlands Regional Award for Building Conservation Project of the Year.

Members of the University’s Division of Estates and Facilities Management and the College Court Management team were presented with the award by ITV weather presenter Emma Jesson at a ceremony on Friday 2 May.

College Court is a £17.5 million project which turned the University’s Grade II listed College Hall buildings into a residential conference venue.
The buildings were originally designed by internationally renowned architects Trevor Dannatt and Leslie Martin and were built as catered student accommodation.

The refurbishment was designed by Associated Architects of Birmingham and constructed by Wilmott Dixon.

The new designs met with the approval of one of the original architects, Trevor Dannatt.

The development also houses 18 conference rooms, 123 en suite bedrooms, restaurant, bar, private dining room and garden lounge.

The Grade II listed buildings, located close to the City Centre, had been out of use for around eight years.

Trevor Humphreys, director of estates, said: “The project to create the College Court hotel and conference centre is an excellent example of building conservation where a new use is found that breathes new life into a building or complex of buildings. The project team did an excellent job in delivering this project on time, below budget and to an excellent quality.”

Steve Crawford, College Court Conference Centre director, said: “I am delighted, and it is most fitting that the first award given to College Court has recognised the bringing back to life of a Grade II listed building. It is a great endorsement to the project team led by the Estates Division. I am also thrilled that for such a young business the excellent reviews that we are receiving from our customers and the new revenue that we have brought to both the University and indeed city of Leicester.”




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