University of Leicester Announces Transformative £500 Million Estate Investment Programme

Posted by pt91 at Oct 13, 2017 09:16 AM |
Ten-year vision to create new teaching facilities, improved student accommodation and better public access

Issued by University of Leicester on 13 October 2017

  • New investment programme builds upon successful capital projects delivered over past five years
  • New home for School of Business in historic location
  • Transformation and expansion of Students’ Union building

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The University of Leicester has unveiled a transformative £500 million programme of investment that will improve student facilities as well as public spaces over the next decade.

Taking up to ten years to complete, but with significant investment planned over the next three-four years, the programme will feature a mix of major refurbishment and redevelopment projects, including significant works to some of the most iconic buildings on central campus, including the Charles Wilson Building and Attenborough Tower.

The programme will see investment in the open spaces within which the University is located, with plans to improve the quality of public spaces, both on central campus and the surrounding areas, in order to enhance the overall environment for students, staff and the general public.

The announcement follows the recent publication of the University’s plans for two new major projects at its Brookfield campus on London Road to create a new home for the School for Business by renovating the 19th Century Brookfield House and surrounding buildings, and further work to complete the transformation of the Percy Gee Building, which houses the Students’ Union on the central campus.  Planning applications were submitted last month following public consultation in the summer.

This £500 million phase of investment is in addition to work already completed including the development of the new £42million Centre for Medicine, investment in the £19.5million Engineering Building roof and the creation of the striking new Fielding Johnson Square, which now plays host to a range of seasonal events.

University of Leicester’s Director of Estates and Campus Services, Brita Sread, said:

“We are committed to improving the quality of experience for all those who use our facilities be they students, staff or the public.  The University has invested significantly in its estate – for example the Centre for Medicine and the recently completed Engineering Roof project which had a combined cost of over £60million.

“As part of our new programme to transform our estate and ensure that we create a campus fit for the second century of our University, we plan to invest a further £500million over the next 10 years. Our ambition is to create an environment that truly supports teaching, research and an unrivalled student experience.

“To continue to succeed as a university and to contribute to Leicester’s growth in a very competitive world, further investment in the University’s campus is vital.

“While our plans are still at the early stages, we want to talk to a wide range of people to set out our vision and listen to their ideas and feedback. We will be working closely with our students and staff but we also want to engage with people across the city.

“In recognition of the fact that the University isn’t simply just located in the city, and that we are an integral part of the city, we want to make sure the improvements we are making will benefit the wider community. This can include investments in sustainable transport; a more attractive public realm; or opportunities for local firms as we undertake this major programme.”

Plans for the overall programme are still being developed. The next project to move forward will be the redevelopment of the Freemen’s Common site, adjacent to the central campus, where the existing student residences are reaching the end of their life. The University has recently appointed a development partner to work with them on this scheme and initial designs will be unveiled for consultation in the next few weeks.

The University will be holding a number of drop-in sessions over the coming months on their plans. To find out more, the University’s engagement team can be contacted via email or phone 08456 026 473.

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