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Attenborough Building Also known as Attenborough Tower

 

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  • University of Leicester's Attenborough Building

Other Information

  • The original plan for Leicester University's campus saw another two neighbouring towers proposed but these were abandoned.
  • The concrete finish on the building is designed to fit in as much as possible with Denys Lasdun's nearby Charles Wilson building.
  • The building has an unusual layout with floors one and two being plant floors and thus is counted as being 18 storeys when it is in fact 20. The 18 occupiable floors hold 270 offices and tutorial rooms.
  • The distinctive windows are angled to help provide draught-free ventilation all year round.
  • Along with the Arts Tower in Sheffield, this is one of the few buildings in the United Kingdom to still have fully working Paternoster Lifts.
  • Contrary to common belief, the Attenborough Building is not named after David or Richard but their father Frederick who was the principal of the University from 1932 to 1951.

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Architect
Arup Group
Developer
University of Leicester
Structural Engineer
Arup Group

Reference Data

Reference No.
1059
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
01-04-2009
 

Building Location

Address
University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester. LE1 7RH
Council
Leicester City Council
County
Leicestershire
Region
East Midlands
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1968
Completion date
1970
Style
Modernist

Roof Height (AGL)
52.00

Total Floors (O.G)
20
Plant Floors
2

Market Data

Primary Use
University


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