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A 125-year-old factory built to make elastic webbing was converted into accommodation for 58 students at De Montfort University.
The listed building, with its Leicester skyline landmark chimney, has been brought back into use and renamed as Chevron Court.
The iron structural frame has been brought to the fore, highlighting the building’s historic significance as an exceptional example of Victorian industrialised pre-fabrication.
Chevron Court contains a mix of studios and two and three bedroom flats. Internally the existing building fabric, and in particular the iron structural frame, has been exposed where possible.
The new feature atrium provides a real sense of the building’s scale and original use. The staircase and building services were deliberately designed to be industrial in appearance.
The ageing structure of the building posed numerous challenges as areas of flooring and walling were opened up. One issue was how a building with so much glass could be made thermally efficient.
The existing chimney within the courtyard is a dominant feature on the Leicester skyline and its retention was planned into the development.
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