Historic restoration of Castle Hall is best in the East Midlands


A historic Grade I listed building at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has won a construction award for being restored to its former glory.

Castle Hall at the Leicester Castle Business School has been awarded top honours in the East Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards 2018.


The £4.2 million project won the Regional Preservation and Rejuvenation Award, beating off competition from other construction projects across the region.

The prestigious annual awards -which had more than 80 entries - celebrates the very best in the East Midlands built environment.

The former court building was transformed into a new teaching space while keeping the original features in the two courtrooms.

Castle Hall was built in 1150 to serve the Leicester Castle complex, before being used as a court of law for more than 700 years, until 1992.

Umesh Desai, Director of Estates and Commercial Services at DMU, said he was pleased that DMU and its construction partners had once again been recognised.

He said: “It’s great to see this project get an award it richly deserves. 

“Transforming this historic asset and giving it a new lease of life has been the most rewarding aspect.”

The award winners were announced in front of 300 construction professionals at an awards ceremony at the Nottingham Belfry on May 11.  Castle Hall will now go on to the Celebrating Construction national finals later this year.

The award was presented to Robert Woodhead of Woodhead Construction – the construction company responsible for the Castle Hall redevelopment.

Daniel King, Team leader for Woodhead Heritage, said: “A building as old as The Castle at De Montfort University has already seen much renovation, additions, maintenance and repair over the eight centuries it has stood in the city.

“We were met with a few challenges during the project, but these were just hurdles we needed to overcome, and we did this very successfully, working collaboratively with DMU.

“We’re really pleased to have won this award; it’s a real testament to the hard work and passion that goes into restoring buildings such as Castle Hall.”

DMU’s Mill Lane and The Gateway public realm transformation project was also shortlisted in three award categories in the Celebrating Construction Awards. These were the Client of the Year, Civil Engineering Project of the Year and Building Project of the Year categories.

DMU’s multi-million campus transformation continues to be shortlisted at a whole host of regional and national award ceremonies. DMU’s buildings have been recognised at the Annual ProCon Awards for Leicestershire, Leicester Civic Society Awards and regional awards by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

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Posted on Tuesday 12th June 2018

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