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Associated Architects' retrofit revives halls of residence

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Associated Architects revamps 1960s student accommodation blocks to provide residential training and conference centre on university campus

Associated Architects has converted a 1960s student hall of residence at the University of Leicester, designed by Leslie Martin and Trevor Dannatt, into a 123-bedroom residential management training and conference centre.

The Grade II-listed buildings, which have been vacant for several years, have had concrete and masonry repairs to the external envelope as part of the £13.8 million project. Double glazing was also installed. Ground floor bar, dining and kitchen facilities in the social block have been refurbished, with the first floor remodelled into training and seminar rooms. A first-floor roof terrace has been enclosed to form a large seminar space.

Arranged around two courtyards, the three bedroom blocks have been upgraded, with the removal of party walls to create larger rooms with en suite bathrooms. At the entrance to the site former garages have been converted into a reception block. The project originally appeared in The Architectural Review in June 1961.

University of Leicester, designed by Leslie Martin and Trevor Dannatt as it appeared in the Architectural Review in June 1961

University of Leicester, designed by Leslie Martin and Trevor Dannatt as it appeared in the Architectural Review in June 1961

Project data

Start on site June 2012
Date of completion September 2013
Gross internal floor area 6660m² (including 230m² of existing basement)
Project value £13.8m
Form of contract SCAPE Framework
Client University of Leicester
Architect Associated Architects LLP
Structural engineer Ramboll UK
M&E engineer Couch Perry Wilkes LLP
Project management DBK LLP
Main contractor Willmott Dixon
Planning consultant BDP
Landscape Gillespies
Cost consultant Gleeds Cost Management Limited
CDMC MDA Consulting
Transport consultant BWB Consulting Limited

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