On Friday 20th October, at the Grand Hotel in Granby Street, the Leicester Civic Society celebrated their annual architectural awards.

Each year, the Leicester Civic Society awards two buildings in the City, for their architectural merit and their contribution to the ‘Cityscape’.

The HERITAGE award, for the renovation of an existing building, went to Sheppard Robson Architects, for their restoration and repurposing of the FREEMANS COTTAGES, at the entrance to the new Freemans Campus of the University of Leicester, situated on Welford Road.

The LCS Judging panel felt that this restoration effectively linked this past historical building with the new and very modern student village on the edge of the City Centre.

The DESIGN award, for the best ‘new build’, went to Building Management Services, for the BROOKLYN Hotel, situated on the old Granby Halls site, next to the Leicester Tigers rugby ground.

Located on a triangular plot of land, the building is an imposing addition to this neglected corner of the City Centre.   The hotel incorporates a number of ecological features, and the entrance foyer is an impressive combination of brickwork, glass and steel, which effectively brings the outside environment into the building.

Leicester Civic Society is delighted that both these buildings are not only iconic in their own right, but make a major contribution to their wider environment, and improve the Cityscape of Leicester. Our awards were presented this year by Dave Bartram from Showaddywaddy.

Additionally this year, the Society also held a photographic competition, to encourage local people to take photographs of Leicester’s urban environment.

The winner of this years competition was Simon P Bates with his ethereal photograph of the Space Centre, taken at dusk from across the canal.

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Stu Simmonds, Vice Chair of the LCS and the organiser of the competition, said that he had had some very interesting entries, and hoped that the competition would encourage more people to take photographs of unusual Leicester Landmarks in the future.

if you are interested in helping to champion good new architecture and protect and restore the best of Leicester’s Heritage, contact: www.leicestercivicsociety.org.uk

Photos from our awards dinner evening will appear in a separate post.

2023 Architectural Awards from the Leicester Civic Society