A new University of Leicester conference centre will create about 80 jobs.
College Court is a £14m project which will turn the Grade II-listed College Hall buildings, in Knighton Road, Leicester, into a residential conference venue.
The scheme will create more than 40 full-time and part-time positions, and a further 40 casual posts.
These will include sales, catering, housekeeping, reception and administration roles.
The centre is currently recruiting staff and will have a full team on board by the time it opens in October, said a university spokesman.
The development will have a dedicated conference centre housing 19 conference rooms with the capacity to host from two to 160 delegates, a 200-seat restaurant, a bar, games room and a business lounge.
The on-site hotel will have 123 bedrooms, including a selection of executive rooms and nine suites, plus free on-site car parking, free wifi throughout, free leisure club access at two university gyms and the latest audio visual equipment.
The spokesman said the venue would be adaptable, and able to deal with all sorts of events, conferences and celebrations, including weddings.
The development will update the existing College Hall site, which was originally designed by renowned architects Sir Leslie Martin and Trevor Dannatt in the 1960s. The buildings, located near Queen's Road, have been out of use for around seven years.
Director of the conference centre Steve Crawford said College Court would be an asset to both the university and the city.
"For the city at large, we are the only dedicated residential conference facility and look forward to being of service to the wider business community," he added.
The project is being designed by Associated Architects, which previously worked with the university on the David Wilson Library. The library has won a host of awards since it opened in 2008, including the 2008 RIBA East Midlands Award for Architecture.