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College Court is the conversion of four disused accommodation blocks and a student union block into a high quality conference and accommodation centre for the University of Leicester.
The Conservation Area site had been vacant for ten years with the survival of the Grade II listed building dependent on it being put to new use.
The complex renovation project by Willmott Dixon Construction has seen the once dilapidated buildings given new life as a four star conference centre and 123 bedrooms for delegates.
The sustainability of the conversion included enhanced thermal performance of the envelope, improved air-tightness and retention of exposed thermal mass.
Along with new high efficiency mechanical and electrical installations and controls, the result is significant improvements in energy use and emissions, resulting in an EPC ‘B’ rating.
Externally, comprehensively enhanced soft and hard landscaping has been combined with measures to improve accessibility, site biodiversity and sustainable drainage.
During the project almost 22 per cent of the total spend was placed with suppliers within a 20 mile radius and more than 90 per cent within a 40 mile radius.
College Court was a significant renovation, one with economic, social and environmental benefits. The modernist heritage of these buildings is once again adding value to the local community.
Willmott Dixon Construction
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47 Westview Avenue, Glen Parva, Leicester. LE2 9JU. Company number: 5420643