The remarkable Diamond Hall building dating back to 1972, has been rejuvenated through extensive remodelling and refurbishment to provide a vibrant, contemporary and high specification development constructed within a live university.
The enhanced accommodation provides a double height hall and associated entrance foyer, common rooms and a variety of breakout areas which are at the hub of the university life.
Utilising wood as the key material was instrumental to achieving the required inherent durability, design sustainability, dimensional stability and low maintenance aspects of the scheme. The existing building exterior was revitalised with a striking ‘diamond’ shaped design feature.
Internally, Diamond Hall was renovated, along with the adjoining link corridor and the Barmouth Dining Hall, incorporating intricate wooden design features throughout.
Geda creatively implemented value engineered solutions throughout the building works to ensure that the safety and comfort of the university community was not affected.
One such solution was the construction of a temporary enclosed elevated corridor providing uninterrupted and safe access through the centre of the university campus during building works.
Winner ‘Conservation/ Restoration’ at the Wood Awards