Well Met, the conferencing office of Leeds Beckett University, is delighted to announce that its dedicated conferencing facility, Cloth Hall Court, has been shortlisted for the Interior Project of the Year, at the prestigious Mixology North Awards.
The shortlisting is in recognition of the £4.5m redevelopment of the Grade II listed building, into a high-quality conference and events venue, complete with new hub for Leeds Beckett University’s Enterprise Service team. Architects Sheppard Robson, working with contractors Overbury, created ten high-end conferencing suites, over three floors, in what was Leeds Law School. The conference rooms range from a capacity of six to 300 delegates, the open-plan reception area provides a warm welcome and the Merchant Hall offers hospitality for up to 300 visitors at a time.
The project, which began in December 2016, comprised a full strip-out and reconfiguration of the existing space and complete remodelling of the internal floor plans, delivering a contemporary, spacious and creative environment. The original large windows were incorporated to optimise natural daylight, harking back to Cloth Hall’s textile trading heritage. Textures and accents were added to complement this merchant legacy. The refurbishment was completed in June 2017 and Cloth Hall Court opened for business in July 2017.
Clare Vidler, Conference Manager, Well Met, said: “We’re delighted that Cloth Hall Court has been shortlisted for the prestigious Mixology Awards in recognition of the great job that Sheppard Robson has done to create this flexible and versatile space.
“We’ve had great feedback from customers who love its clean, contemporary and light and airy rooms and historic touches. A win would be great and would be a fantastic finish for our first full year in this beautifully refurbished, conference facility.”
Cloth Hall Court has won several awards in its first year of opening including Best in-house technology, and Best non-residential venue of the year at the Academic Venue Awards 2018.
David Baldwin, associate at ID:SR, the interior design arm of Sheppard Robson, said: “It is great that Cloth Hall Court is being recognised for this award. Cloth Hall Court was an amazing project to work on – bringing back to life a Grade II listed building in the centre of Leeds and securing its future within in the hospitality sector has been extremely rewarding.”
The Mixology Awards, now in its tenth anniversary year, take place on Thursday 6 December at Manchester Central. Almost 1,000 members of the interior design community across the north of England will come together to celebrate their industry at this glittering event.