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Maber’s £4m Richard III centre opens

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Maber Architects’ £4million Richard III visitor centre in Leicester has opened its doors

The Leicester-based firm has refurbished and extended a 150-year-old school building next to the car park site where the remains of the 15th century monarch were found providing a new 1,230m2 visitor centre.

The existing Victorian schoolhouse building has been extended with a glass section covering the actual site where the King was found.

A glass floor provides views of a 3D-printed replica of Richard III lying at the spot where his body was buried following his defeat at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

The refurbished school building also includes a café, function rooms, and a viewing point offering an elevated view of the burial site.

Richard III will be reburied in Leicester Cathedral in March 2015. A £2.5million burial chamber and tomb has been designed by van Heyningen Haward.

Maber’s Richard III visitor centre

Project data

Location Leicester
Type of project visitor centre
Client Leicester City Council
Architect Maber Architects
Landscape and planning consultant Maber Architects
Structural engineer Elliott Wood
M&E consultant Pick Everard
Quantity surveyor Faithful & Gould
Lighting consultant Nich Smith Lighting Design
Main contractor Morgan Sindall
Funding Leicester City Council
Tender date February 2013
Start on site date June 2013
Completion date July 2014
Contract duration 12 months
Gross internal floor area 1,231m2
Form of contract and/or procurement NEC 3 / Scape Framework
Total cost £4million

Maber’s Richard III visitor centre

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