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Sept. 17, 2020

De Montfort University students to benefit from £5.5million extension

De Montfort UniversityDe Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has just opened a four-story extension for its business and law students.

The £5.5million extension to the Hugh Aston Building – known as ‘The Yard’ – will provide students with more than 22,000 square metres of additional learning space, as part of the development of Leicester Castle Business School.

Director of Estates, Umesh Desai, says, “It’s a new building that is required to deal with an increasing amount in numbers of Business and Law students. We needed to create additional self-study space and teaching accommodation, the two buildings are connected on the ground floor and we have moved the student support centre in there too.”

He continues, “We started building in June 2019, and originally, pre-Covid, the plan was that it would be finished by May 2020. However, with the closure of construction sites for a period of time, that wasn’t possible, so we had to put a pause on timescales. We were fortunate enough to work together with Clegg Construction to get the site back up and running in June 2020, in a Covid-compliant manner. We have an independent safety consultant who monitored all the building work for us to make sure everything was fully compliant, and everyone was kept safe.”

Further explaining the Covid-compliant features of the new building, Umesh says, “Despite only just being completed we have ensured all the social distancing measures that are around the rest of the campus have been incorporated into this building. The new building is fully equipped with all the one-way systems, hand-sanitiser points, enhanced cleaning measures and more.”

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Content added on 17th September 2020. 

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