University of Leicester Engineering Department

James Stirling, James Gowan , Leicester, 1963


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Administration building 

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  • Administration building    
  • South-west side of the administration tower    
  • View from south with towers above workshop block    
  • North view of the laboratory and administration complex    
  • Roof of the workshop block with glazing set to give true north light    
  • Junction between single story and high level workshops    
  • Staircase and lift between administration and laboratory towers    
  • Main entrance to laboratories and offices    
  • Doors to the lecture theatre on the right    
  • South side of the workshop block    
  • Glazed bridge between the towers    
  • View from the tenth floor of the glazed bridge    
  • View of project from the north-east    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Third floor plan    
  • Fourth and fifth floor plan    
  • Sixth to ninth floor plan    
  • Cross section looking north-west    
  • Cross section looking south-east    
  • Axonometric from the north    

Academic building to house the university engineering department's workshops, laboratories and lecture theatres

The building comprises a tower and adjacent workshops and laboratories, with the glass room sitting on triangular struts running at 45 degrees to the face of the building.

The ground floor holds extensive workshops and laboratories, while the vertical mass contains offices and lecture theatres. The top storey of the tower, the 11th floor, is a water tank that supplies a pressure head to the hydraulics laboratory on the ground floor via enormous pipes that run down the side of the main staircase.

The exterior of the building is a bold combination of red brick masonry and full height glazing. The workshops have an industrial toughess, with saw-tooth factory glazing cutting across its roof at an acute angle.


  • Begun: 1959
  • Completed: 1963
  • Sector: Education
  • Address: Department of Engineering, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, United Kingdom

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