RIBA Award 2006
EM Award 2006
Leicester’s LCB depot consists of two buildings and an open courtyard in between. The larger building is the old corporation bus depot itself, a solid, concrete-framed, four storey building. We formed a new light well in its centre to bring light into the heart of the building. On its upper floors are large, high-ceilinged studios, while the ground floor contains a hot desk area and a café – the main meeting point for the complex.
The second building is a new, six storey structure, with studios on upper floors, and gallery space and a conference area on the ground floor. A further meeting room is located next to the gold box on its roof. Between the two buildings the courtyard is a venue for open air events. At ground floor level, the buildings become as transparent as possible, revealing their inner workings to passers by.
The project has helped to kick-start the regeneration of Leicester’s cultural quarter, St George’s.