Happy to say we’ve finally moved into our brand new offices at De Montfort University’s new VJ Patel Building. We’ve even got a great shared kitchen, storage, ceiling projection and truly outstanding views from our 180 degree wrap around glazed wall that looks down over the campus. This new £56M building in which our offices and tech facilities are now located houses the art and design subjects at De Montfort University. The Digital Building Heritage Group has its office in the POD, the research wing of the new building. The POD concentrates a range of research groups together to maximise the opportunity for cross-disciplinary working and is attached by a 5 storey atrium with “Harry Potter” staircase (see pics) to the main undergraduate and post-graduate teaching spaces. The atrium has casual seating areas, with electrical plug sockets and café style seating and computer screens that provide convenient points for incidental meetings and conversations. It’s also a place that will be used for exhibitions and events, to see and be seen. At the top floor is a large casual seating area and an outdoor sun-terrace that looks west over the city and the river Soar. On the ground floor are the workshops and labs with glass internal walls onto the circulation corridor and reception so that visitors can see the great work that’s going on inside and of course there are large open plan teaching studios for all the creative disciplines in the faculty.
External works are still going on not least of which the demolition of some low-rise buildings to create a large, grassed parkland space directly in front of the building and on the other side of which is the university library and the award-winning environmentally designed Queens Building. This grassy sward will go all the way down to the river, paralleling our new building and there will be a canalised river-bank where at some stage where there will be boats or punts to go on the river. We are glad to be once again at the heart of the DMU campus and sharing this building with such a wealth of research talent. Important matters such as the weekly tea cakes have already been established and are guaranteed to get the neighbouring research groups round for a lively chat. Old friends and new are welcome to come and visit, phone , e-mail and web addresses remain the same. The postal and satnav address is now:
Digital Building Heritage Group, Room VPPD2.13, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH
What is really great is that the new building is right next to the historic heart of DMU’s campus and a wealth of history and architecture which is one of the things that makes De Montfort such a good place to study digital building heritage. The combination of the old and the new is an asset with modern facilities and state-of-the art accommodation situated beside examples of great historic architecture that we can see and use every day.