Attenborough Arts Centre scoops another award for gallery extension

The new gallery at our Attenborough Arts Centre, opened in January by Sir David Attenborough, has won the Local Authority Building Control Excellence Award for the Best Inclusive Building.

At an awards ceremony on 10 June, the project to extend the Attenborough Arts Centre to include a gallery suite and sculpture garden won the East Midlands Local Authority Building Control Excellence Award for the Best Inclusive Building.

The project, which was nominated in four categories, was funded by the generous support of donors, including Arts Council England.

The LABC, a not-for-profit membership organisation that represents all local authority building control teams in England and Wales, presents regional awards every year, with winners from each region progressing to the LABC Awards Grand Finals in London.

Michaela Butter MBE, Director of the University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre, said: “We are delighted that the our new gallery is receiving so much recognition and the LABC award highlights not only a great new building, along with an inspirational visual arts programme, but a cultural hub for art lovers and families to meet, learn and enjoy together.”

The University of Leicester’s new gallery space at Attenborough Arts Centre was opened by Sir David Attenborough in January and makes the Centre one of the largest contemporary art spaces in the East Midlands.

Collecting the award on the night were Jeremy Webster, Deputy Director of Attenborough Arts Centre, Jon Clements from the Estates Development Team at the University of Leicester, Mark Heggs, Estates Clerk of Works for the project, and representatives from the architects GSS Architecture, the award sponsors and the City Council.  The award was presented by former Leicester Tigers and England Rugby Player Graham Rowntree.

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