The University of Leicester’s new Teaching and Learning Centre, the Sir Bob Burgess Building was named the winner of the Large Non-Residential Scheme at the 2023 Leicestershire ProCon Awards.
The project provides the academic focus for the AA-masterplanned £150m mixed use redevelopment of Freemen’s Common. The prominent site, fronting onto Welford Road and adjacent to the Grade II listed Freemen’s Cottages, sits less than 5 mins walk from the University’s extensive leafy campus a mile south of the city centre.
The 8,000sq.m building houses a 600-seat lecture theatre, the largest in the University’s portfolio, that is able to accommodate the entire cohort for even the largest degree courses. Other facilities include a more compact 250-seat lecture theatre and flat-floor teaching spaces for group sizes ranging between 30 and 120 students. The teaching spaces, which are available for student use outside of lecture times, are supported by spaces for social learning and exhibitions of student work.