The Vijay Patel Building
DMU's new Vijay Patel Building, home to art and design courses, is the centrepiece of the £136 million Campus Transformation Project which will, providing DMU with one of the finest campuses in the country.
The building is named after Dr Vijay Patel, Chief Executive Officer of Waymade Healthcare. Dr Patel, a graduate of DMU's Leicester School of Pharmacy, and his wife Mrs Patel have made the single biggest donation by individuals in DMU's history.
The building’s construction is split into three main areas – the Arts Tower development, the Design Wing and the Food Court. Other changes include open parkland along Mill Lane leading to the edge of the River Soar, creating a new gateway connecting the city’s West End to the city centre.
The Vijay Patel Building offers sector-leading facilities to students. The Arts Tower accommodates the new Leicester School of Art which, together with the Design Wing, covers the full spectrum of visual arts, design and architecture. Students can make use of our new cutting-edge Digital Arts floor, an experimental space for new developments in visual culture, along with the excellent and much expanded facilities for traditional objective drawing, making it an unrivalled environment in which students can create and express.
Take a look at the Art and Design facilities at DMU here.
VIDEO: Watch the Vice Chancellor give a guided tour of the new Vijay Patel Building
One of the main advantages of the new centre is that it brings all of the art and design subjects, as well as their workshops, under one roof. The building also houses printmaking, casting and photographic facilities, as well as workshops traditionally associated with the design disciplines such as glass, ceramics and rapid prototyping. In addition, the centre hosts The Gallery, the largest space of its kind in Leicester, displaying student, staff and external artwork.
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