PH Partnership designed and project managed a £1.5 M refurbishment of Pace Building at Hatfield College, Durham University.
The project involved the upgrade of over 40 student bedrooms to include en-suite bathroom facilities, as well as the creation of two gyms, student common rooms and kitchen. Particular attention was paid to retain the existing features of the building such as ornate oak staircases and a ‘double door’ arrangement to the bedrooms which is unique to the building.
Designed by Emanuel Vincent Harris, Pace Building was completed in 1950. It was named after Rev. Canon Edward George Pace who was Vice-Master of Hatfield from 1917 to 1947, serving under no less than three different Masters. The architectural historian, Pevsner, describes the building as friendly, going on to say ‘stone, with a big hipped roof, front doorways with Gibbs surrounds to each set, and a nice rhythm of windows towards the river.’
The upgrade carried out ensures that the much loved building will retain is usefulness for many years.