An architects practice has celebrated the tenth anniversary of its Leicester office with a VIP tour of one of their latest projects in the city – the restoration and refurbishment of the Great Hall of Leicester Castle.
Its city office is in De Montfort Street.
The firm’s roots go back more than 30 years, and it employs 70 people across five offices in the Midlands and London.
Since the Leicester office opened in 2007, it has grown to employ 10 people and has been responsible for some of Leicester’s best known buildings and architectural projects.
Maber director Ian Harris, who heads the Leicester office, said: “Two huge reasons for our success are long-term relationships with clients and the talent of our people, so it was great to bring everyone together to celebrate in an amazing space.”
The newly-refurbished Great Hall is thought to be the largest medieval hall of its kind in Europe.
Ian said converting it into a new Business School for De Montfort University brought together a wide range of the practice’s skills, including architecture, interior design, landscape design and conservation.
Part of the hall, once used as a Crown Court, retains the Gothic Victorian furniture, including the judge’s chair, dock and jury benches, which must rank it as one of the most unusual university teaching spaces in the world.
Some of Maber’s other major Leicester projects have included:
• The King Richard III Visitor Centre in the city centre, a £4 million project designed to tell the story of “the king in the car park”.
• The Summit, a £13 million, 12,200 sq m student residential space with a 22-storey tower that has created a new landmark at the western gateway to the city.
• New Walk Museum’s new entrance and spiral staircase, featuring a design inspired by ammonites
• Charnwood Primary School for Leicester City Council – an award-winning design that complements the traditional architecture of the existing Victorian school buildings.