University centre piece starts on site in Leicester

Work has started on the redevelopment of the Fletcher Building at De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester with Balfour Beatty as main contractor. This is the centrepiece of an ongoing £136 million campus transformation at the university, providing a modern, inspiring and sector-leading environment for students.

The centrepiece of the campus transformation will be the development of the Fletcher Complex. The project will see a brand new building stretching from the middle of the campus, down to the waterfront. The existing Fletcher Tower will be totally refurbished. New buildings will house the university’s internationally-renowned schools of fashion and textiles, art, design and architecture. The pioneering Confucius Institute promoting Chinese language and culture will also be housed in a purpose-built structure attached to the complex.

Project architect Dawn Briggs of CPMG, said: “The striking new buildings will be surrounded by open parkland, creating a ‘green lung’ running through the heart of what DMU intends to be the finest city centre campus in Britain.”

The new Fletcher Building will be ready for students to move into in early 2016.