The project consists of the sensitive refurbishment of Banquets House and former Victorian warehouse on Ships Street. The refurbished building includes a reception area, exhibitions space and informal meeting areas.
The development also includes 31 en-suite bedrooms, a modern, 100-seat lecture theatre with state-of-the-art visual and audio equipment and teaching rooms.
A number of low and zero carbon engineering measures were included in the project, despite the limitations presented by the listed building.
Low energy lighting was specified throughout, including for the decorative lighting used to highlight the listed features. Additionally, a highly efficient heat recovery ventilation system was used, controlled by the new central BMS, and PIR occupancy detectors installed in the en-suite bedrooms.