Leicester

LCB Depot

Refurbishment of public lobby and cafe

Design Brief

The Leicester Creative Business Depot on Rutland Street houses offices occupied by the creative industries and has a public ground floor with a cafe and areas for seminars and meetings.

Our refurbishment of the public lobby improved the internal layout of the space as well as the outward appearance. The most significant addition is an illuminated light wall of glowing orange panels at the centre of the reception area, which is visible from Rutland Street.

Fixed benches behind the glazed frontages emphasizes the working nature of the building and suspended sound-absorbing baffles improve the acoustics in the cafe and seminar areas.

Design Solution

Built in 1967 as the headquarters of the city’s transport department and bus depot, the building was converted by Ash Sakula Architects. To mark the 10-year anniversary Leicester City Council commissioned Feldmann Architects to revitalize the public lobby with a contemporary atmosphere.

The material palette of plywood and polycarbonate panels reflects the industrial charm of the building and continues the design concept of the 2004 conversion; the new, coherent furniture is a historic reference to the original 60s fittings.

Photography © Tristan Poyser

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