De Montfort University - Hugh Aston Building

Design & Build

An innovative design and build construction of a new 4-storey extension to create additional 2,048 square metres of teaching space for De Montfort University.

Site Challenges

This challenging project was built within a courtyard and onto an existing 8-storey building. This gave us limited access and egress when constructing the building, with the added complexity of this also being a live education site and adjusting the build process to adhere to companies and the university’s strict COVID-19 procedures. Despite the first phase of works being delivered during a Government-enforced national lockdown period, the project was completed on time.

Foundation / Frame/Envelope

This involved removal of EPS render to the existing pace building and installation of a new, compliant fire escape stair to the Clephan building, which is linked to the existing Hugh Aston Building. The Foundation was built on Continuous Flight Auger (CFA) piles with reinforced ground beams. Steel frame construction with metal deck upper floors and beam and block ground floor. SFS rendered façade with a single ply roof.


During the tender process, the project was under the client’s budget. During pre-construction works, we worked collaboratively with the client’s design team to incorporate design features that had previously been omitted.

Social Value and Environmental

To reduce the environmental impact of the building, we installed roof-mounted solar PV, created a green wall, and recycled crushed brick/concrete for temporary roads and hard standing.

“Construction projects are always a challenge at the best of times, but with a fairly constrained site, working in a live environment and then the challenges of COVID-19, I have been very pleased with how Clegg have managed this project. I am extremely pleased with the finished building, andIam confident as staff and students begin to return, they will also be pleasantly surprised.” -UD, Director, Estates & Facilities Directorate, De Montfort University