We were commissioned to redevelop De Montfort University’s 1960s complex into new facilities for the schools of Fashion and Textiles, Art, Design and Architecture. This involved both new build and refurbishment work over a total of 26,000m2.

The brief

The University needed an energy-efficient, cost-effective building solution, making the most of renewable energy. It had to create a comfortable, inspiring environment for students and staff, achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating and comply with Leicester City Council’s planning requirements for sustainability.

Our response

We used dynamic thermal modelling to develop a solution which incorporated mixed-mode ventilation, building-mounted photovoltaic arrays and an optimised façade. This maximised daylight, natural ventilation and solar control, as well as meeting the client’s performance and sustainability criteria.

Key facts

  • We transformed dated buildings into fresh, modern learning environments.
  • We achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating for the project at design stage.

Project Information

Client: De Montfort University

Value: £42 million