Highfield House

Sensitive conversion and new build to create a distinctive Post Grad Research Centre


Highfield House


University of Nottingham


University of Nottingham Estates

Construction Value



Robert Woodhead LTD


Restoration & Extension


Highfield House is a Grade II listed building based in the grounds of The University of Nottingham. Formerly used by the Theology School, it was deemed too small for modern use and Lathams were approached to refurbish and extend the house, giving it a sustainable and productive future and bringing new relevance and vitality to the listed building and its setting.

Our ultimate aim was to create a BREEAM excellent building that would mainly be used by post-graduate researchers but which could also used for events and graduation ceremonies.

We added a 600sqm modernist extension acting as a minimal backdrop to the restoration, and we carried out a series of gentle refurbishments, creating usable spaces and adding new-build elements, all with a view to retaining the essential character of the house.

Client Reaction

“Lathams have provided an exceptional design for the University in response to a challenging brief to blend a new extension on to one of the most prestigious listed period homes on University Park.

Special attention has been given to the restoration and preservation of the period features and historical content, whilst maximising the use of natural light and space providing a seamless and sympathetic transition from contemporary extension design into the period building and the walled gardens.

The boldness of the vision and persuasive ability to acquire listed building consents is a credit to all involved. This development will be a distinctive and prized asset of the campus.”

Chris Jagger

Chief Estates & Facilities Officer
The University of Nottingham