» 29th June 2014
College Court collected three awards at this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects East Midlands Awards.
The University of Leicester's Conference Centre and Hotel Project, which transformed a former University Halls of Residence into a state-of-the-art conference facility and Hotel, was named Building of Year at the RIBA regional awards ceremony on 15 May, as well receiving a Conservation Award and an East Midlands Regional Award.
Members of College Court and the University’s Division of Estates and Facilities Management collected the awards, which celebrate of architectural excellence in the region. Regional winners will be put forward for the RIBA National Awards in June.
Trevor Humphreys, Director of Estates, said: “This is testament to the excellent project team that work tirelessly to deliver a high quality facility on time and on budget. The University is quite rightly proud of College Court and I am flattered that the RIBA has recognised our work with these awards.”
Steve Crawford, College Court Conference Centre Director, said:
"The recent awards won by College Court have come about from great teamwork, clear focus on what we wanted to achieve, and at the heart of all our decisions when developing the project was the customer. These have laid the foundations for College Court as it now successfully operates as a leading conference centre & hotel. The customer is the heart of the business and with the excellent team in place to run College Court I am confident that we will build upon the recent success."
College Court is a £17.5 million project which turned the University's Grade II listed College Hall buildings into a leading residential conference venue.
The buildings were originally designed by internationally renowned architects Trevor Dannatt and Leslie Martin and were originally built as catered student accommodation.
The refurbishment was designed by Associated Architects of Birmingham and constructed by Wilmott Dixon. Derry Building Services provided all of the mechanical and electrical services to the development.
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