A Unique Restoration
Important to so many, friends and alumni gave £575,000 to support the loving restoration of the 1888 Grade II listed Armstrong Building with stunning results, winning accolades from the Royal Institution of Surveyors (RICS).
Heart of our campus
For many alumni, the Armstrong building is the heart of the campus and home of graduation. False ceilings gave way to beautiful archways as the original design of the building was uncovered, and the 1923 ‘Boiler House’, a redundant store for the main boilers, transformed to a modern multi-use events space.
The Armstrong Building remains the focal point for graduation ceremonies and, now construction is complete, provides a formal processional route from Queen Victoria Road through the Kings Hall, to the internal refurbished courtyard and the main university campus. In addition, the project provided top quality, contemporary teaching and learning spaces.
Honouring Dr Martin Luther King
The restoration project was carefully timed in readiness for the honorary degree ceremony in the King’s Hall that took place in November 2017. This ceremony commemorated Dr Martin Luther King’s visit to the University 50 years ago. A two metre tall bronze statue of Dr King now stands proudly in the King's Quad, a newly-created courtyard next to the King’s Hall, the setting for Dr King’s honorary degree ceremony fifty years ago. The statue will become the focal point of a new procession route that students at the university will take at the end of their graduation ceremony.
Professor Chris Day, Vice-Chancellor and President: ‘As the oldest building on campus, we are delighted that the Grade II listed Armstrong Building has been restored to its former Victorian glory, whilst embracing modern technology to showcase our facilities.’