The Richard Attenborough Centre, University of Leicester

Bennetts Associates, Ian Taylor, Leicester, 1997


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Exterior view 

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  • Exterior view    
  • The sculpture room is  in the front cedar-clad box, overlooking the park    
  • One of the galleries overlooking the space    
  • a movement class in the full-height hall    
  • The front block is clad in western red cedar board    
  • Tooklight fins bring changing qualities of light into the building    
  • At work in the art room    
  • Detail os wooden cladding and glass    
  • Lancaster Road elevation    
  • Looking down on a movement class    
  • Side elevation showing raised rooflight    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Section through hall, foyer and library    
  • Long section through hall    

Specifically designed arts education centre with a focus on people with disabilities

The building is split into three differently constructed parts - the top lit, loadbearing masonry structure with an in-situ concrete floor for the rear block is separated from the front concrete and steel framed block by a glazed corridor.

Circulation is a simple H-pattern on each floor to make the building plan legible for blind users. Floor, wall and door finishes create tonal differences to aid the partially sighted.

At the heart of the centre is a double-height, sky-lit hall, flanked by two rehearsal spaces that all open into one and on the upper level can be enclosed or overlooked by galleries.

On the first floor are the library and fine art studios with exterior balconies.


  • Completed: Mar 1997
  • Floor area: 1,025m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £1.2M
  • Address: Richard Attenborough centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester, LE1 7HA, United Kingdom