Café North – Leicester
Café North is a café aiming to serve postgraduate students from the surrounding buildings at the University of Leicester. However, the catering provision and condition of the café was of a poor standard, consequently the works sought to deliver a higher quality catering facility which could be used by the University’s students.
The layout of the building remains essentially the same, with alterations to the interior undertaken to improve circulation and flow throughout the building. The key internal modifications include; the removal of an existing chimney breast at ground floor level; relocation of the servery area to be adjacent to the main entrance; sealing and fire-rating the internal staircase; and the removal of a number of internal walls to provide open and accessible space.
The café has also been modernised by providing Wi-Fi for all students. Key to the external works development was the provision of a new entrance, which made use of an existing blocked-up opening, now covered by a cream rendered panel. The new entrance can be accessed from a decking area, where seating for customers is provided.