Higher Education Project

Building area 14,165m2 (refurb) 1,700m2 (new-build)

Contract period 2009 – 2011

Project value £7m


The Edge Hotel is a four-star hotel and conference facility conceived in partnership between The Edge charitable trust and The University of Essex; it offers FE and HE courses in Business Management and Hospitality. Students studying here spend 80% of their time gaining valuable working experience in the hotel – spending the rest of their time in workshops and lectures.


The project saw the restoration and sensitive extension of the existing Wivenhoe Park House – the Grade II Listed wartime home of the SAS – with the creation of a new wing to accommodate 24 flexible bedroom suites and an elegant and flexible garden pavilion.


At ground floor, a new Conference Centre, Gallery and Brasserie take advantage of the surrounding views across the restored terrace, Sunken Garden and Vegetable Garden.

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Engineering Heartspace, University of Sheffield

The Engineering Heartspace represents the culmination of the Faculty of Engineering’s Development Framework at the University of Sheffield.

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