University of Leicester plans £14m hotel and conference facility

The University of Leicester is set to transform a Grade II listed building into a £14m conference centre and hotel.

University of Leicester plans £14m hotel and conference facility
University of Leicester plans £14m hotel and conference facility
The University is planning to transform the five-acre former College Hall site in Knighton, which has not been used since 2005, into a 117 bedroom conference facility with break out rooms, dining facilities and a 150-seat lecture theatre.

The proposed development, designed by Associated Architects of Birmingham, will mean that business conferences could create revenue for the institution.

The plans form part of a £200m redevelopment, which will be carried out over the next four years.

University of Leicester’s deputy director of estates Grant Charman said: "The hall has been closed since 2005 and presents a difficult issue for the University in terms of how best to use the asset.

"Redevelopment is not straight forward due to the listed building status, and we will work closely with the planners and English Heritage to bring the building back into use in a sympathetic way."

College Hall was formerly a 180-bed student accommodation.

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