Raising the roof Celebration marks end of ambitious project to replace iconic roof of Engineering Building

The University will celebrate the completion of the project to replace the roof of its landmark Engineering Building on Monday 9 October at 6.30pm.

The event will be held at the University’s Event Square and is open to the public but spaces are limited and attendees should reserve a place.

Designed by architects Stirling and Gowan, the Grade II* listed building is recognised internationally as one of the most significant buildings of the 20th century and is considered an architectural icon. It was included in a national list of the 50 most famous structures in the UK, and was hailed as one of the top 10 most inspiring buildings.

Guests will hear from a range of speakers including Catherine Cockcroft, Chief Executive of the 20th Century Society, Thomas Pearson, Senior Designer & Conservationist at Arup, Ellis Woodman, Director of the Architecture Foundation and Daily Telegraph architecture correspondent as well as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University Professor Paul Boyle. Presentations will be followed by a lighting display and tours of the building to celebrate the success of the project with the event coming to an end at 9pm.

It is sponsored by Arup, Lendlease, Cundall, Pick Everard, Lyndon Scaffolding and P&R Morson.

The event will also mark the launch of a new book detailing the story of the project entitled ‘Diamond-Tipped’ written by Thomas Pearson and published by the University of Leicester.