A project to transform a former University Halls of Residence into a state-of-the-art conference facility and Hotel has won an award recognising the highest standards of restoration and renovation of buildings in the East Midlands as well as a hattrick of awards including ‘Building of the Year’ at the RIBA East Midlands awards.

£17.5m was invested in College Court on Knighton Road, which opened on the 1st October 2013, in order to turn the University’s Grade II listed College Hall buildings into a leading residential conference venue housing 18 conference rooms, 123 en suite bedrooms, a restaurant, bar, private dining room and garden lounge.

The refurbishment was designed by Associated Architects of Birmingham and constructed by Wilmott Dixon, with the new designs meeting with the approval of one of the building’s original architects, Trevor Dannatt.

The University of Leicester’s College Court Conference Centre and Hotel Project won the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors East Midlands Regional Award for Building Conservation Project of the Year, with members of the University’s Division  of Estates and Facilities Management and the College Court Management team picking up the award from ITV weather presenter Emma Jesson at a ceremony in May this year.

The refurbishment not only breathes life into a set of Grade II listed buildings that have been dormant for eight years, but will also generate extra revenue for the University and the city

of Leicester as a whole.

College Court Conference Centre is @ Knighton Road, Leicester, LE2 3UF. Tel: 0116 244 9669