Stamford Court Conference Centre

Shepheard Epstein Hunter, Leicester, 2012

 

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Conversion of student accommodation into flexible conference centre and office space for meetings and functions on the Leicester University Oadby Campus

The transformation opens up the main space to connect with the surrounding mature landscape, while providing sophisticated audio-visual and presentation facilities and a range of seminar, break-out and social spaces.

The extended main hall space has become a tall rectangular room terminating in a shaded glass eastern elevation which gives views and access onto the lawns and mature trees of Oadby, with retractable blinds and screens integrated with the window frames and ceilings which are concealed when not in use, and a roof structure of glulam timber beams with steel tension ties.

Seminar rooms have flexible partitions to provide a range of room capacities, and the largest seminar room has fold-back glazing to most of the external wall so that it can be opened up in summer to the landscape to the south. Solar shading on the south side prevents overheating on sunny days.

The house has been reconfigured: the original staircase, fire places and doors have been restored, and the fire strategy has been updated to allow the removal of Georgian wired partitions and provide transparency using large areas of fire-resisting glass.

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  • Begun: Apr 2011
  • Completed: May 2012
  • Floor area: 1,585m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Procurement: Traditional
  • Address: University of Leicester , Oadby Campus, Leicester, LE2 2LL, United Kingdom

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