2016 - December 2016

St Helena Grade II listed building transformed for University of Derby 14/12/16

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The refurbishment and conservation of the Grade II listed 1840s St Helena campus for the University of Derby is now complete, following an opening ceremony attended by the Duke of Devonshire.

The 1840s building was formally St Helena Girls Grammar School teaching 11 to 18-year-old girls until its closure in 1991. The building now provides state of the art facilities for students studying healthcare and engineering courses. The facilities include new teaching rooms, IT suites, a clinical skills suite, a mock ward and an immersive simulation suite.

Works included the complete renovation of the main four storey building, including making good any structural defects in the existing building envelope. External and internal stone was chemically cleaned and repaired with minor repairs completed to the brick work. Internal courtyard buildings were also demolished, creating new accessibility ramps.

Externally, the building’s iconic windows have been considerately restored, with new sashes installed, frames sanded and repainted, and replacement ironmongery throughout. The existing roof was surveyed and repaired with one full pitch stripped, replaced and refitted.

Internally, a mezzanine floor was installed in the rectory/reception area, with glass balustrading creating a stunning feature, and banquette seating installed on both levels. Original parquet flooring was restored, repaired and relayed.

“I would like to thank you and all of your team for the work you have done for the University over the last 18 months and the way in which you have conducted your business.

“Without exception, every member of your construction team, throughout the development of this project, have approached their responsibilities in the most professional manner. Their commitment to addressing the heritage and other potentially problematic matters, in a sensitive and non-confrontational manner, has been a credit to themselves, as individuals, and Henry Boot Construction as a whole.

“One of the best experiences I personally have had in my 35years + working as a Chartered Professional.”

David Durham, Head of Design Services, University of Derby

For more information, contact:

Karen Fisher, Business Development Manager