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Students hoping to study at Leicester Castle Business School can enjoy a glimpse of what their future might hold – thanks to a new video.

Produced by Maber Architects, the fly-through video showcases what the £4.2 million transformation of the Great Hall of Leicester Castle into the base of the business school will achieve.

Principal of Leicester Castle Business School, Professor Dana Brown, is delighted with this 3D tour of the inspirational learning environment.

She said: “The fly-through video gives a sense and feel for the future state of the building. Potential students can gain an insight into what will be achieved by the programme of work.

“The sympathetic restoration retains the Grade I-listed building’s character and heritage while providing a functional space that meets the needs of a 21st-century business school.”

Leicester Castle Business School has been created by De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) to offer a new kind of learning environment, providing students on its undergraduate and postgraduate courses with the skills needed to succeed in the international employment market.

Construction firm Robert Woodhead is on site carrying out work on what was once a royal residence and was last in use as the city’s courthouse.  

The video shows how the former criminal and civil courts are being turned into a ‘Harvard-style’ lecture theatre and a flexible space for lectures and guest speaker events, respectively. It also highlights seminar spaces, the boardroom, executive lounge and syndicate rooms.

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Richard Issleib, project architect with Maber, said the video was initially commissioned to help explain the design proposals.

He said: “As the school doesn’t yet exist within the current building, and a lot of transformation is planned to take place inside, it perhaps cannot be so easily understood.

“The fly-through has been designed to give an impression of what the internal and external spaces will feel like, and to help promote this unique and exciting new venture to potential students.

“Data collected from a 3D laser survey of the existing building was compiled to create a computer-generated model. This was then imported into our CAD software, where the model was developed to reflect the architectural proposals before then being imported into our rendering software.

“Here the lighting, textures, materials, furniture, people and anything else needed to bring the model alive were tweaked and added before the fly-through sequence was rendered over 24 hours to produce the finished video.”

Work on the Great Hall is due to be completed in 2017, after which the public will be able to visit on a regular basis.

Posted on: Friday 26 August 2016

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