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Leicester University Engineering Building

Location Leicster, UK
Services Building services and structural engineering
Sector Education 
Client University of Leicester
Architect Pick Everard
Imagery © Quintin Lake

Alec Stewart

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Hailed as one of the top 10 most architecturally important post-war buildings in the UK, the Engineering Building at the University of Leicester is a unique and inspiring place to learn. 

Designed by James Stirling and James Gowan and built between 1959-1963, the building received Grade II* Listing from the Department of National Heritage in 1993. The innovative use of the 45 degree glass making the roof still provides inspiration to designers and architects today by optimising the amount of natural light to the workshops and learning facilities below. “It created a synthesis of traditional and modern elements that is wholly British and the quintessence of the new Brutalist style” commented Elain Harwood, Historian with Historic England and leading expert on post-war architecture.

The university needed to refurbish the building and the ageing roof glazing panels to improve the learning environment for both staff and students. Cundall was invited to provide multi-disciplinary engineering consulting, which included the detailed design and structural checks on the existing building to ensure that it could support the weight of the new glazed geometric glass roof.

Cundall’s building service team was asked to replicate the existing historical services solutions, augmenting these where necessary to improve the internal environment. With English Heritage approval, proposals were developed which sensitively made use of the existing below ground floor ducts to house fan coil units together with a small quantity of high level chilled beams.

Please visit the University of Leicester's project page for further detail.