The new four-storey Teaching and Learning Centre has provided a landmark building for the University. The scheme will deliver over 8,825sq.m of new space for the university on its Freemen’s Common campus in the city. This including 600-seat and 250-seat lecture theatres as well as flat floor teaching spaces ranging in capacity from 30 to 120 people. The building will also house social, learning and exhibition spaces for up to 2,400 people.
Core to the overall strategy for Freemen’s Common is to breathe new life into this aging site and create new links through the area and into the city centre.
The main building predominant facing brick is the Wienerberger Anglesey Buff Multi, a soft mud moulded stock brick with a creased face which offers a subtle appearance to the imposing 4 storey structure running along the side of the main Welford Road into Leicester.
The North elevation, the most dramatic façade on the new facility, features facing brick piers with a recess feature, to house the impressive full height 13-metre-high curtain walling panels. The level of precision needed to keep plumb and within the strict tolerances meant particular care had to be taken to deliver the client's vision.