DMU art and fashion students have lighter, brighter and bigger work spaces to study in after relocating from the old Fletcher complex, as the university campus undergoes a radical £90m transformation.
Students had to move out of the Fletcher complex last term as it prepared for a multi-million pound redevelopment, and have now taken up residence in specially-designed new study and studio spaces, which will be used until 2016, when the new Fletcher development opens.
The School of Fashion and Textiles is based in Heritage House, the former Alliance and Leicester building just next door to the university’s Edith Murphy House, while the School of Art is based in two refurbished buildings called Mill Studios and the Art Factory in the heart of the campus. Architecture students have also moved and are now in Wellesley House, off New Walk, in the city centre.
Students are pleased with the new teaching spaces and studios which they say seem bigger, brighter and packed with more of the tools they need to complete their degrees.
Emily Storor, second year contour fashion, said: “The space here is so much bigger and brighter. There are more sewing machines and more tailor spaces and I am really happy this is where I’ll be when I complete my degree.”
Laura Dickinson, first year fashion design, who moved into Heritage House at the start of January, said: “A lot of the universities I looked at before coming to De Montfort had much smaller spaces. There are so many facilities here and a lot of room. I really like the sewing rooms and the whole place feels less cluttered.”
Read more student comments and see pictures of the new spaces.
DMU’s Fletcher complex, described during its opening in 1966 as ‘truly revolutionary’, will undergo its transformation over the next two years. The centre piece tower block now stands empty, ready for a complete refurbishment inside and out. The surrounding Fletcher low rise will then be replaced by stunning new buildings.
The new complex will house the university’s internationally-renowned schools of Fashion and Textiles, Art, Design and Architecture. A ground-breaking Confucius Institute, to promote Chinese language and culture, will also be housed in a purpose-built structure within the complex.
The striking new buildings will be surrounded by open parkland, creating a ‘green lung’ running through the heart of what DMU intends to be the finest city centre campus in Britain.
The spectacular new teaching spaces and facilities will ensure DMU offers the ultimate student experience and prepares its students better than ever before to enter the world of work.
Posted on Thursday 6th February 2014