A new visitor attraction to tell the exciting story of ‘The King in the Car Park’.

 
Location:
Leicester
Sector:
Culture & Leisure
Budget:
£4m
Client:
Leicester City Council
Size:
1,231 m2 GIA
Awards:
See below
Services:

Architecture

Interiors

 

Following the extraordinary discovery of King Richard III in a Leicester car park our team of architects, interior designers and heritage specialists delivered a major new visitors centre, telling the story of the Dynasty, Death and Discovery of King Richard III.

The King Richard III Centre, located on the site of the grave and within a former Grammar School, includes elements of renovation and new build. The design of both the new building, including the reception, and the insertions complement a fascinating exhibition, which leads the visitor through the life of Richard III to the present day discovery.

 

I’m delighted that we now have an award-winning visitor attraction in an award-winning building.

Martin Traynor
Chairman of the Visitor Centre Board of Trustees

 

The design of the King Richard III Centre takes into account the importance and sensitivity of the final resting place of a former King of England and uses locally sourced materials to reflect the City of Leicester. What was once a derelict, high Victorian gothic revival building, has now turned into a dazzling tourist attraction. 

The Visitor Centre opened less than eighteen months after the confirmation that the remains discovered were those of Richard III. Since opening it has attracted nearly 100 thousand visitors and has received national and international recognition in the leisure and tourism sector.

 

Awards

Construction News National Awards
Project of the Year (under £10m category) – Winner

RICS National Awards
Finalist

RIBA EM Regional Award
Project of the Year – Winner

 

Everybody involved in the project has been absolutely brilliant & this award is a testament to their hard work. Architects, contractors, the creative team and our project manager have all done a magnificent job in creating an appropriate setting for King Richard III’s extraordinary story.

Sir Peter Soulsby
City Mayor