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The William Baker Building, De Montfort University

Leicester, UK

This was a comprehensive refurbishment for De Montfort University which transformed a derelict factory building into office accommodation for university staff. The project is part of the university’s ongoing £300 million 10 year masterplan to regenerate the city campus.

Initial remedial works included making good the walls, asbestos removal and pigeon clearing. Subsequent works included the new building services, partitioning, replacement of the original large windows with aluminium framed double glazed units, new toilets and a student enquiries zone. A new tower forms the staff entrance and primary circulation.

An eco-friendly biomass boiler fed by a woodchip hopper acts as the principal heating source. Lying on the edge of a conservation area, careful consideration of the existing building was made throughout, delivering a sustainable, cost-effective and characterful facility for the university.

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