ACE Engineering Excellence Awards 2011

We are delighted to announce that Scott White and Hookins scooped the Highly Commended award for the transformation of the Percy Gee Building - University of Leicester, at this year’s ACE Engineering Excellence Awards. The announcement was made by ITV News anchor Mary Nightingale at a gala dinner on 25th May at the recently refurbished St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.

The multi-million pound new development transformed the building with 35 different floor levels over five storeys into a state-of-the-art facility. The transformation project, designed by architect Shepheard Epstein Hunter and constructed by Morgan Sindall plc, has changed the Percy Gee into a thriving multi-purpose Union building at the entrance to the campus.

Scott White and Hookins collecting the ACE Engineering Excellence Award
Scott White and Hookins collecting the ACE Engineering Excellence Award

Our congratulations go to Doug Alcock and Julian Marshall for such a superb achievement. The award adds credence to our belief that we provide the highest quality Structural Engineering Design Service to all our clients.

We took into account students’ views throughout the planning of this development and their needs and expectations have shaped the physical development of the space. Ultimately, we have a building that is fit for purpose now and for the future.

Professor Helen Atkinson , Chair of the Percy Gee project redevelopment team

A stunning new central atrium bathed in natural light and incorporating a social meeting place forms the centrepiece of the new development. It includes a new terrace with panoramic views over the City, new Activities Resources Centre and new restaurant called ‘1923’ after the year the Students’ Union was founded. The building boasts a clutch of environmental features.

In addition a 1,750 capacity live music and club venue, the O2 Academy, with additional venues, O2 Academy2 Leicester (500 capacity) and O2 Academy3 (for 250 patrons) is a highlight of the facility. There are new shops and improved Accommodation Agency, Welfare Advice Service and Education Unit services among a host of other facilities.

The Percy Gee Project has already won the 2010 Leicester Civic Society Award for Architecture complementing the Historic Built Environment of the City of Leicester. The Civic Society panel found “An exciting new building”.

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