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Spectacular redevelopment of DMU's Mill Lane comes into bloom

With the long-awaited arrival of spring, students are beginning to enjoy the spectacular transformation of De Montfort University Leicester's (DMU) campus as it comes into full bloom. 

As the temperatures rise and the skies brighten, the central thoroughfare which runs through the heart of the campus is taking on the vision which designers had before beginning construction work more than 18 months ago.

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As these photos show, Mill Lane is now a swathe of bright green, punctuated by plant beds and budding trees. It forms spacious grounds outside the award-winning Vijay Patel Building which houses DMU's art and design subjects.

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The green areas are studded with benches and creative seating, which is already drawing hundreds of students to enjoy their lunch, study outdoors, read, chat and relax.

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Much of the area overlooks the River Soar, just along from the Riverside Cafe, one of DMU's newest eateries, tucked into the southern end of the Vijay Patel Building.

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Over the last few years DMU has invested £136 million to make it the very definition of a modern, 21st century place to study and its campus is now one of the finest in the country. 

Along with the redevelopment of Mill Lane and the construction of the Vijay Patel Building, DMU has also invested in the restoration of Leicester Castle, creating within this historic gem the Leicester Castle Business School.

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It has also refurbished the Campus Centre, the home of De Montfort Students' Union, created a series of new study spaces through campus and constructedThe Venue@DMU, a purpose-built home for a variety of events, including graduations, matriculation and more.

Posted on Tuesday 16th May 2017

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