Raising the roof: Celebration marks end of ambitious project to replace iconic roof of Engineering Building

Posted by pt91 at Sep 29, 2017 04:23 PM |
Event on 9 October draws to a close the University of Leicester’s technically demanding project on world-renowned architectural masterpiece

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 29 September 2017

A press pack on the Engineering Building roof project with more information and photos is online here: http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/for-journalists/the-engineering-building-roof-project-1

The University of Leicester will celebrate the completion of the project to replace the roof of its landmark Engineering Building on Monday 9 October at 6.30pm.

Designed by architects Stirling and Gowan, the Grade II* listed building is recognised internationally as one of the most significant buildings of the 20th century and is considered an architectural icon. It was included in a national list of the 50 most famous structures in the UK, and was hailed as one of the top 10 most inspiring buildings.

The event will be held at the University of Leicester’s Event Square and is open to the public but spaces are limited. Reserve a place via the Eventbrite Page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/university-of-leicester-engineering-roof-celebration-event-tickets-37331241749

Guests will hear from a range of speakers including Catherine Cockcroft, Chief Executive of the 20th Century Society, Thomas Pearson, Senior Designer & Conservationist at Arup, Ellis Woodman, Director of the Architecture Foundation and Daily Telegraph architecture correspondent as well as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University Professor Paul Boyle. Presentations will be followed by a lighting display and tours of the building to celebrate the success of the project with the event coming to an end at 9pm.

It is sponsored by Arup, Lendlease, Cundall, Pick Everard, Lyndon Scaffolding and P&R Morson.

In 2015 the University launched a £19.5 million project to replace the roof and glazed facades of its world famous Engineering Building. This challenging and complex project involved replacing 2,500 glass panels and was finally completed in August 2017.

The event will also mark the launch of a new book detailing the story of the project entitled ‘Diamond-Tipped’ written by Thomas Pearson and published by the University of Leicester.

Brita Sread, Director of Estates & Campus Services, said:  “The University is justifiably proud of its landmark Engineering Building and our project to replace Stirling and Gowan’s groundbreaking roof demonstrated our commitment to preserving this building and its heritage for generations to come. The completed roof is the result of meticulous and technically demanding work from our staff, contractors, heritage stakeholders and partners in the city of Leicester which richly deserves to be celebrated alongside our peers.”

Simon Gorski, Lendlease’s Executive General Manager of UK Regions, said: “Replacing a world-renowned engineering structure in a 24 hour operational environment was a feat of engineering in itself and all those involved in the delivery of this iconic project should be immensely proud of their achievement.

“By working in close partnership with the University I am pleased we have been able to retain and rejuvenate the iconic design of this landmark building while preserving the original vision of the building’s designers.”

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For more information contact Chris Shaw, Development and Alumni Relations, on 0116 252 2470 or cs648@le.ac.uk.

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