Vijay Patel Building, De Montfort University
The redevelopment of the De Montfort University’s Fletcher complex of buildings was an exciting opportunity to transform a significant site within the city of Leicester.
A critical phase in the university’s long-term masterplan, which is built around an ambitious vision to re-connect the city centre to the River Soar by creating a series of linked public open spaces through the De Montfort campus. By pairing these landscaped spaces with purpose-designed new and remodelled University facilities, the result is a series of high quality urban spaces.
We created a purpose-built faculty of art, design and humanities on the site of the existing Fletcher buildings, demolishing a large part of the complex and leaving only the tower and the low rise buildings next to The Gateway.
The new accommodation included the school of architecture, the school of arts, the school of design, and the school of fashion and textiles. The project included contemporary and customer-focused catering facilities which are light, bright, vibrant.
- Former Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Arts, Design and Humanities
"Their interpretation of our brief has produced a stunning backdrop to showcase student work and is already encouraging collaborative working."
The faculty vision was to create a development that would impress stakeholders and competitors with its ingenuity and elegance of design. The new facilities will play a key role in recruitment of staff and students, and celebrate both the area's industrial and craft heritage and its cutting-edge digital future.
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