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The transformation of this dilapidated set of buildings into a high specification modern conference centre complete with 123 bedrooms has regenerated a tired site and brought benefits for the University and the local economy.
With the potential to be a catalyst for regeneration of the wider area, College Court is part of the University of Leicester’s wider plans for regeneration and improvement across its property portfolio.
The College Court project, by contractor Willmott Dixon Construction, is enhancing the status of the University, and helping to create links between academia, industry and business.
The site, within a Conservation Area, had fallen into disrepair but now provides excellent facilities for local and regional businesses looking to host events.
Attracting regional businesses and other organisations to locate conferences and meetings in Leicester provides a boost to the local economy. Leicestershire businesses also now have another venue choice close to home. The venue’s new life has created 18 jobs.
The project team was keen to source subcontractors and materials as locally as possible. Almost 22 per cent of the total spend was kept within a 20 mile radius and more than 90 per cent within 40 miles.
Externally, comprehensively enhanced soft and hard landscaping has been combined with measures to improve accessibility, site biodiversity and sustainable drainage.
Willmott Dixon Construction
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47 Westview Avenue, Glen Parva, Leicester. LE2 9JU. Company number: 5420643