Centre for Medicine Leicester University

University of Leicester Centre for Medicine Wins CIBSE Award

The University of Leicester’s Centre for Medicine picked up the Project of the Year award at last nights CIBSE awards. The building is the largest, non-residential, building to achieve ultra low energy consumption Passivhaus standard. It also holds EPC A and BREEAM Excellent ratings,

The Centre for Medicine is the physical expression of the University of Leicester’s excellent reputation for medical research and teaching.

Statistics for the building show why it was crowed as the Project of the year:

  • Centre for Medicine is largest investment in medical teaching and applied research by UK university in last decade
  • UK’s largest non-residential project built to Passivhaus standard
  • Almost four times larger than closest competitor
  • Records energy performance asset rating of 19
  • 150 sq.m photovoltaic array

At the heart of the Centre for Medicine:

The brief was to deliver an up-to-date facility that would, at its heart, create a sense of home and shared identity for 2,350 staff and students. A target of an 80% reduction in annual energy bills was also set. Our resulting design aimed to deliver the much-needed teaching rooms, academic offices, dry lab research facilities. All this was delivered within a building of exemplar environmental performance. A mixture of renewable technologies, sustainable design techniques and sensitive massing have helped to deliver a building that places its surrounding environment at its core.

The CIBSE Judges comments:

The standard of the shortlist was incredibly high but the centre for medicine had the best performance. It will be a tough project to follow. We are impressed with the actual energy performance and it will provide a great standard of best practice for the industry to follow.

Director Warren Jukes  added:

Working closely with our partners, we’ve created a building whose credentials we are immensely proud of. We want the Centre for Medicine to be the benchmark for delivering low energy architecture on a large scale.

The project was delivered by the team of:

Architect – Associated Architects

Contractor – Willmott Dixon

Structural Engineer – Ramboll

Building Services Engineer – Couch Perry Wilkes

Celebrating Women in Architecture
Celebrating Women in Architecture


Architect Hannah Kelsall is part of the RIBA and the BAA exhibition to honour International Women’s Day