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ProCon Leicestershire Awards 2016

Project Detail

University of Leicester Centre for Medicine

Large Non-Residential Scheme of the Year Award 2016 Finalist

The £42m Centre for Medicine at the University of Leicester is the UK’s largest non-residential project built and certified to the Passivhaus ultra-low energy consumption standard.

The Centre for Medicine is a striking, modern building that offers state of the art facilities for its users. Two atriums, roof lights, full height glazing and narrow floor plates in the towers enable substantial natural lighting.

Highly intelligent building management systems automatically raise and lower the external blinds to ensure a comfortable environment. 

Project Overview

The building is the new home for the College of Medicine and the Biological Sciences and Psychology departments, and provides more than 12,800 square metres of teaching facilities, offices, laboratories, lecture theatres and other spaces for more than 2,350 staff and students.

Comprising a podium base and five-storey and six-storey tower blocks, Passivhaus standards of air-tightness, thermal performance, high thermal mass, low energy use ventilation and maximised natural daylight ensure exceptional energy efficiency and a very comfortable environment for users.

The building’s energy efficiency credentials are outstanding. It was designed to reduce the departments’ annual energy bills by more than 80 per cent.

In February 2016 the Centre for Medicine officially became Passivhaus accredited and is currently the largest Passivhaus building in the UK and one of the largest in Europe. 


    Entered by

    Willmott Dixon Construction

    Parties involved

    University of Leicester
    Associated Architects
    Couch Perry Wilkes


    Contract Value

    £42.0 million


    Completion Date

    December 2015


    Scheme Location

    Lancaster Road
    LE2 7HA

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