A new home for Art and Design at DMU

The recently completed Vijay Patel Building, a home for DMU’s art and design faculty, is the centrepiece of a £136 million Campus transformation project.

The building is split into three main areas – the Arts Tower, the Design Wing and the Food Court.

The Vijay Patel Building provides sector-leading facilities for art and design students. The Arts Tower accommodates the new Leicester School of Art which, together with the Design Wing, covers the full spectrum of visual arts, design and architecture. Students can make use of the new cutting-edge Digital Arts floor, an experimental space for new developments in visual culture, along with the excellent and much expanded facilities for traditional objective drawing, making it an unrivalled environment in which students can create and express.

A major advantage of the new facility is that it brings all of the art and design subjects under one roof. The building houses printmaking, casting and photographic facilities, as well as workshops traditionally associated with the design disciplines such as glass, ceramics and rapid prototyping. Additionally, the Vijay Patel hosts The Gallery, the largest space of its kind in Leicester, displaying student, staff and external artwork. And also used as a music venue.

The centrepiece is the stunning ‘Harry Potter’ staircase rising up through the design atrium and linking the various departments with vibrant breakout, social, exhibition and informal teaching space.

Other changes include the demolition of the 60’s low rise faculty buildings and the pedestrianisation of Mill Lane creating open parkland leading down to the edge of the River Soar, creating a new gateway connecting the city’s West End to the city centre.

<   See the full project here

Project team:

Architecture and Interiors: CPMG

M+E: Pick Everard

Structures: Curtins

Cost Management: MDA Consulting

Project Management: Mace

Main Contractor: Balfour Beatty