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Leicester university upgrades its meetings facilities


The University of Leicester is redeveloping one of its main conference facilities. The out-dated Gilbert Murray Hall (GMH), in the Oadby part of campus, is being transformed into a modern meetings space with a large central hall, four seminar rooms, and a hospitality area.


Designers Shepheard Epstein Hunter have introduced an elevated glass-fronted enclosure which overlooks the lawns and trees of the surrounding grounds. Other features include a green roof, energy-saving building fabric and natural ventilation through ‘wind-catcher’ chimneys.


GMH was founded in 1957 as one of several halls on the 40-acre Oadby site. Its design was based upon a number of large houses built at various times in the first quarter of the 20th century.


Trevor Miller, conference sales and marketing manager at Leicester Conferences, said: “The redeveloped Gilbert Murray conference facility will become a significant addition to the university’s venue portfolio and demonstrates its commitment to providing first class facilities in the East Midlands.”


The project is due for completion in October 2011.


Pictured: Artist’s impression showing the elevated glass enclosure

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