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Summary

This award-winning project saw our M&E services team transform the old Leicester Grammar School into an iconic visitor centre. Combining history with state-of-the-art design and displays, it tells the astonishing story of Richard III’s long-lost remains.

The brief

The project involved renovating the Victorian gothic building to create two floors of exhibition space and a covered area, letting visitors access the grave site and learn about Richard III’s life. A discreet services installation would hide M&E services on floating rafts, providing an energy efficient approach and giving exhibition designers complete freedom.

Our response

Working with the architect and exhibition designers, we delivered a conceptual, 3D, interactive environment to an extremely tight deadline. We also created secure, close-control climate conditions for exhibition spaces, with humidity control and a chilled tomb-like environment around the grave. We connected to district heating for heat and hot water.

Key facts

The project was awarded:

  • Large Non-residential Scheme of the Year (Procon Leicestershire)
  • Outstanding New Tourism Project (British Guild of Travel Writers)
  • Best Non-residential Project and Project of the Year (Forum for the Built Environment)

Project Information

Client: Leicester City Council

Value: £4 million