Leicester Transport Heritage Trust – Tram Depot Museum

LTHT 7 (small)At the DBHG we get asked to visualise all sorts of buildings but this is an unusual one. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been working on a digital representation of Leicester Transport Heritage Trust’s Tram Depot building at the top of London Road in Leicester as part of the AHRC Connected Communities / HLF “All Our Stories” research programme . This was the first tram building in Leicester and the reconstruction is from 1905. The trust has a major ongoing project to restore the real building (see image below) as a new transport museum for the City and to house some of their large collection of historic public transport vehicles in it with financial assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This is a major project that the trust is undertaking which has a number of facets and is intimately linked to the history of the city in the last century. Architecturally the building and its related structures are interesting because very few examples of this generic building type still exist in the UK in this virtually unaltered condition and the engineering aspects are integral to the architectural ones. Special roof-light systems in the building and very elegantly designed masts to support the electrical cables which powered the trams on their routes are part of these as is the delightfully designed little office building and W.C.’s outside the main depot. When it was first built the depot was some distance from the nearest other building but in later years it became surrounded as the periphery of the City of Leicester moved outwards. The DBHG is departing from purely architectural modelling on this project in order to produce the visualisations of the trams themselves and a number of the engineering structures as well as the buildings which you can see in the first draft image above. Eventually the visualisations will present how the building operated and assist the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust in promoting and explaining its plans for the redevelopment of the building. There will be more on this fascinating co-production project as it develops.Fisheye Interior

About Douglas Cawthorne

Reader in Digital Heritage at De Montfort University.
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