The project is the centrepiece of a £90m campus redevelopments and comes in two stages. From October 2013 to June 2014, the old Students’ Union building and ceramics block will be demolished and an archaeological investigation of the area undertaken. From June 2014 to December 2015 the Fletcher Tower and surrounding low rise blocks will be refurbished, and a 14,000m2 new-build completed.
Once the School of Design moves out of the Fletcher Low Rise, the building will be demolished and the surrounding area landscaped. The new Fletcher Building is expected be ready for students to move into in early 2016.
A planning application was submitted to Leicester City Council last month to start phase 1 demolition works.
The new faculty building is being designed by Nottingham-based architects CPMG. Mace is on board as project manager, with Pick Everard providing mechanical & electrical engineering services, MDA Consulting as quantity surveyors and Curtins Consulting as structural engineer.
A main contractor is now being sought for the new build element and the refurbishment of the existing 10-storey Fletcher tower block and low rise buildings.
The anticipated value of the works is between £32m and £34m.