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De Montfort University created a 3,000 square metre multi-use events and conference space by refurbishing the redundant John Sandford Sports Centre.
The Venue@DMU brought back into use the well-known historical building. Its large hall holds 1,000 people or be flexibly divided into three spaces. Full height glazing gives the building a light, open feel as well as a new identity.
The project is part of a campus-wide £136 million investment in refurbishments and new buildings as a catalyst for regeneration.
The brief to the architect was simple; to transform the external appearance of the building to give it a new lease of life with no demolition or new building works.
The design needed to give the building a wow factor, using low maintenance sustainable materials and at the same time be attractive enough to be a venue that people would want to come to.
The Venue@DMU has already created eight new jobs and DMU believes it underlines the University’s commitment to the public good and investing in the city acting as a catalyst for others to follow.
The project successfully demonstrates that with the right approach developers can transform old redundant buildings rather than demolish and start again.
De Montfort University
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