University of Leicester, Freemen’s Common Leicester, UK
The scheme - a result of the collaboration between Sheppard Robson and Associated Architects - comprises the redevelopment of Freemen’s Common on behalf of the University of Leicester and Equitix.
New university facilities, designed by Sheppard Robson, include 1200 high-quality student residences on the Freemen’s Common site, a new multi storey car park and the sensitive refurbishment and extension of the Grade II listed Freemen’s Cottages as the centrepiece of the scheme.
The new Teaching and Learning Centre, designed by Associated Architects, will provide 9,000m2 of flexible teaching and corporate services office space, fronting the proposed ‘Freemen’s Square’.
Two large lecture theatres of 600 and 250 capacity will be provided from a central exhibition atrium space, with flexible flat teaching spaces for between 80-120 students to one side. As part of the mixed-use masterplan, the teaching facilities and office provision will add much needed vibrancy to the new public realm and provide a landmark for the University, upon approach from the city centre.
Core to masterplan strategy has been to regenerate the site as a new mixed-use neighbourhood creating new linkages through the site and a new gateway to the city centre.
Freemen’s Cottages, built and extended through the late 1800s, are of great historical significance through their association with the Freemen of Leicester and as examples of relatively unaltered alms houses. Their integration into the scheme creates a blend of new and old that adds character and depth to the project.
- University of Leicester
- 65,000 m2