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DMU’s aim in converting The Great Castle Hall was for any intervention to the property would be minimal, restoring features wherever possible, de-cluttering, but at the same time modernising it and upgrading the building.
The two former court rooms and the cells are amongst Castle Hall’s quirky and unique spaces. Its history stretches back 900 years – Kind Richard III probably stayed at some point – and DMU hopes that international students, in particular, will enjoy studying in the building.
The project has not only brought new life and purpose to a historic building, but it is hoped it will act as a catalyst in attracting investment and new life to other properties along Castle View.
The refurbishment of The Great Castle Hall has created a new home for De Montfort University’s Business School.
Once Leicester’s County Court, the Grade I listed building had not been in day to day use since 1990 and is on Historic England’s Buildings at Risk Register.
DMU invested £3.7m into the refurbishment of the landmark building, which is now in daily use by university students and staff and is also occasionally open to the public.
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