2010 Civic Society Awards for Architecture

Leicester Civic Society declared the winning entries for the 2010 Civic Society Awards for Architecture, with the Percy Gee Building at the University of Leicester, scooping the award for ‘New Build’.

Percy Gee Building at the University of Leicester
Percy Gee Building at the University of Leicester

The new Students’ Union building was said by the panel to be;

An exciting new building constructed on an extremely difficult and sensitive site almost ringed by the listed buildings in the University Campus and the historic parkland of Welford Road Cemetery. The building is large and of a striking design yet manages to be almost unobtrusive in its setting. This is a difficult achievement for any architect or designer on such a site. The building is obviously new yet somehow looks as if it has always been there

The Judging Panel

The Percy Gee transformation is the regeneration of a fifty year old building into an attractive modern, purposeful and environmentally friendly new Students’ Union. It features a spectacular new atrium with communal social space for students. It greatly improves disabled access with an innovative design overcoming 26 different floor levels on a steeply sloping site. It transforms the approach to the campus and provides a major asset to the University.