Having had planning permission secured, the University of Leicester is set to embark on a transformation of some buildings at the institution. The changes are designed to try and improve the student experience, and add to the already-impressive infrastructure at the University. The main changes revolve around a redesign of the Student’s Union building, as well as the Leicester Business School. These changes come as part of a £500m overhaul of the University of Leicester. Read on for the full story.
Starting with the main central campus, the Percy Gee building – known for housing the Student’s Union, will be transformed. The transformation will lead to an increase in capacity. The building dates back to 1957, with the most recent update coming in 2011 – yet a renovation and update has been long-awaited. The renovation will modernise the building and provide increased space for activities within the Student’s Union. Once complete, the new Fielding Johnson square will be adjoined to the Percy Gee building.
Moving across the city to the Brookfield campus – another major change has been planned. The Leicester Business school – currently located on the central campus – will be moving to Brookfield. They will take over Brookfield House – a building housed on the Brookfield campus. Again, the building will be extended, with a new lecture theatre crafted, along with additional seminar rooms. This change will improve the facilities of the business school. The move will mark a change for staff – who will relocate to the Brookfield campus as part of the change.
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With the green light being given to these projects, construction will begin soon. These changes will add to the strong range of real-estate at the University. Also, the student experience should improve in the long run – by helping to bring both the Student’s Union building and Business School up to a modern standard. The facilities will improve exponentially, and ultimately, the campus will benefit too.