University of Leicester’s £17.5 million conference centre opens doors to business

Posted by pt91 at Oct 01, 2013 09:55 AM |
The University of Leicester’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Robert Burgess, will officially open the College Court Conference Centre on Tuesday, 1 October

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 30 September 2013

Photo opportunity: Professor Sir Robert Burgess, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, will cut the ribbon at College Court, Knighton Road, at 1.05pm on Tuesday, 1 October. Contact the Centre’s Business Development Manager Charlotte Sanders at:

The University of Leicester’s new £17.5 million Conference Centre, College Court, will open its doors to business on Tuesday 1 October. The development has transformed the Grade II listed College Hall buildings on Knighton Road into a state-of-the-art, 160-capacity conference venue.

Professor Sir Robert Burgess, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, will officially open the new Centre by cutting the ribbon at 1.05pm.

Professor Burgess and Steve Crawford, the Centre’s Director, will then bury a time capsule of objects and treasures recovered from the former halls of residence during the building’s redevelopment.

The capsule will be buried for 50 years, with a plaque bearing instructions for it to be re-opened in 2063.

The day will mark the first day of business for the new Centre - with bookings on the calendar all the way up to June 2016.

The development updates the existing College Hall site, which was originally designed by renowned architects Sir Leslie Martin and Trevor Dannatt in the 1960s.

Up to 160 guests will be able to stay in stylish high quality bedrooms with balconies overlooking the venue’s elegant courtyards and the University’s Attenborough Arboretum.

The development will also house 18 conference rooms, 123 en suite bedrooms, restaurant, bar, private dining room and garden lounge.

The Grade II listed buildings, located near Queen’s Road, had been out of use for around eight years.

Professor Burgess said: “I am delighted to be able to open our new Conference Centre which is something that I have been keen on developing at the University for a number of years.  It bring new people to the University and the City which will help the local economy and create over 50 new jobs.  The University is renowned for its high quality and College Court is no exception.  I am very proud of what we have developed and the potential it brings for us all.”

Steve Crawford, College Court Conference Centre Director, said: “The most exciting thing for anyone working on a new development is the opportunity to be part of something special from its inception.

“There is always a tremendous amount of dedication, belonging and ownership among the opening teams of new venues.

“At College Court, our colleagues epitomise the very essence of 21st century hospitality; a natural flair for service delivered in a confident and calm manner, passion and enthusiasm and the desire to be the very best at what they do.”

Charlotte Sanders, Business Development Manager, said: “College Court has raised Leicester’s profile in the event industry with many bookings new to the City.

“With our state of the art facilities and plans for future growth, and with bookings in the diary until June 2016, we are confident that our business will grow year on year and welcome some major corporate businesses from all over the UK.”


Notes to Editors:

Guests will have refreshments in one of the Centre’s new conference suites, with opportunities for the press to interview Professor Burgess and Steve Crawford about the building and its future.

Steve Crawford, College Court Conference Centre Director can be contacted at:

Charlotte Sanders, Business Development Manager, can be contacted at:

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