The new University of Leicester School of Business was created in August 2016, bringing together the Department of Economics and School of Management. The School’s ambition is to become a top twenty business school in the next five years.
This project provides a new home for the School on the Brookfield Campus: the School will gain an attractive and unique identity through the adaptation and refurbishment of the Victorian house as the memorable centre piece of the site and the construction of a new three storey teaching and learning building, with an elliptical 170 seat lecture theatre, replacing an unsympathetic mid 20C extension. The former stables and outbuildings will also be adapted and refurbished to provide seminar rooms, offices and catering.
The house was the former home (from 1869 to 1931) of Thomas Fielding Johnson, the first Town Clerk to the New Corporation of Leicester (1836 to 1872). He played a significant role in the creation of University College (which became the University of Leicester in 1957) at the end of the First World War, as part of a ‘Peace Memorial worthy of our ancient Borough’. It is fitting that the University should be now based on the site and that the School will provide such an appropriate use for the house.
Our design develops and adapts earlier work by BDP.