Centre for Medicine
The University of Leicester appointed Associated Architects to design the new Centre for Medicine on the University Road campus at the corner of Lancaster Road and University Road, adjoining the locally listed Regent College.
The new building provides a new home for the Medical Education, Health Sciences and Psychology departments providing approximately 12,000sq.m of teaching rooms, academic offices, dry lab research facilities and support spaces capable of accommodating more than 2,350 staff and students. This much needed facility will replace existing compromised space within the adjacent 1970s Maurice Shock Building. The project allows the University to continue and enhance its excellent reputation for medical teaching and research.
The building design is derived from a strong sustainability agenda and seeks to provide an EPC A rated scheme, with Passivhaus levels of air-tightness and thermal performance, high levels of natural light, high thermal mass and mixed-mode ventilation which will use a fraction of the energy of conventional air-conditioning. Renewable technologies include PV panels and CHP and a planted wall and green roof on the side nearest Regent College to increase the ecological contribution.
In February 2016, the Centre for Medicine officially became Passivhaus accredited and is currently the largest Passivhaus building in the UK and one of the largest in Europe.
Client: University of Leicester
Project Value: £42 million
Photographs courtesy of the University of Leicester