The UK’s University of Nottingham is set to start comprehensive refurbishment work worth £15m on the residential estate to provide sustainable student accommodation on campus.
Located on Nottingham’s University Park Campus, the hall of residence was the university’s first female hall.
The renovation work on the 200-bed hall of residence is planned to commence this month.
The historic student accommodation Florence Boot Hall was established in 1928.
University of Nottingham University faculty of social sciences pro-vice-chancellor Todd Landman said: “The project team has engaged in a meticulous planning process with wide consultation across the University community in line with our Estates Development Framework, our sustainability commitments, and our commitment to our students.
“The newly refurbished hall will offer our students accessible, comfortable, digitally enabled, and modernised accommodation that also embraces the history and tradition of the hall.”
Aimed at preserving the building’s heritage for future generations, the work will include overhauling the building fabric, installation of new en-suite and shared bathrooms, as well as updating the interiors.
The work forms part of the first phase of the university’s ambitious plans, which aim to revive all of the student accommodation over the next few years.
Clegg Construction is responsible for work on Florence Boot to create high-quality, low-energy accommodation.
The hall will feature triple-glazed windows, energy-efficient air-source heat pumps, insulated external walls internally, among others.
Clegg Construction project manager Sam Parker said: “The halls will have special significance for university students who arrive here and the building itself will benefit from additional bed-space, original and rejuvenated features, and improved heating and lighting.”
Scheduled to be completed by the start of the 2022 academic year, the build will be ready for the 2022/2023 student intake.