UK-based Henry Boot Construction has started the £15.8m renovation of the University of Leicester’s Brookfield campus.
The 19th century Brookfield House on London Road was once home to university benefactor Thomas Fielding Johnson.
This £15.8m renovation of the site will be undertaken in the coming months, including the main house, which will house the university’s School of Business.
The School of Business was established in 2016 to bring together expertise in economics and management.
The Brookfield campus will feature teaching and social learning spaces.
Under the scheme, a 20th-century extension will be removed and replaced with an architecturally sympathetic gabled building, which will accommodate new lecture theatre and seminar rooms.
Traditional materials will be used to restore the stable block and courtyard area.
The scheme will also open up views of the renovated historic house from London Road, which has been hidden from view over the recent years due to a high fence. The fence is being replaced by herbaceous planting.
Landscaping improvements will also be undertaken on the extensive grounds at Brookfield, including additional ornamental and tree planting, a new pond and a network of paths to enable students, staff and visitors to enjoy the green and peaceful environment.
University of Leicester estates and campus services director Brita Sread said: “The university is leading on a number of development projects, but the Brookfield project is special because of the opportunity it provides to give this historic house a new lease of life.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Henry Boot Construction to the team and see the works get underway. The finished scheme is going to provide an exceptional environment for the University of Leicester School of Business to flourish, as well as offering a welcoming environment for the wider community.”
This scheme is part of a £500m campus-wide transformation programme to improve student facilities and public spaces over the next decade.
Henry Boot Construction operations director Tony Shaw said: “We are delighted to be commencing on site at the Brookfield Campus. This is a very important project for the University of Leicester School of Business and we will work closely as a team to deliver a high-quality educational facility that everyone can be proud of.”