De Montfort University, Leicester, Leicester, LE1 9BH
De Montfort University
Conservation X Block
The award winning new Vijay Patel building is the bold centerpiece of DMU’s £136million campus transformation project. The tower houses all of the university’s art and design faculties under one roof – so it’s only fitting that the surrounding landscaping should reflect the creative nature of the students using it.
The project was made up of three main areas which had multi uses – the Arts Tower development, the Design Wing and the Food Court. Other changes include open parkland along Mill Lane leading to the edge of the River Soar, creating a new gateway connecting the city’s West End to the city centre. One of the main advantages of the new campus is that it brings all the different areas, under one roof, making it a lot more accessible and convenient for the for the students.
Designer Plincke Manchester blended a range of Marshalls paving products to create different textures within the landscape, which help to delineate multi-use spaces.
Different sizes of the new Modal paving, part of the internationally recognised La Linia range have been juxtaposed, with long flag units used to complement the lines of the central tower and smaller Conservation X Setts to designate walkways.
Amongst the landscape products that Marshalls supplied, Conservation X Priora was selected to manage surface water responsibly and with the large number of green planted space it provides a great space for students to relax outside when weather allows.
The way the project has been designed has helped to encourage collaboration to create blurring boundaries within the public space, making it ideal for the growing population and satisfying the diversity of needs.
The landscape design has helped to support this idea of multi spaced areas and the skillful use of product and light has really added vibrancy to the space.