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Four award nominations for Attenborough Arts Centre

Gallery space at University of Leicester, opened by Sir David Attenborough, shortlisted in LABC awards

Posted by Stephanie Broad | April 23, 2016 | Estates

The plaudits continue to come in for the new gallery wing at the University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre as the East Midlands Local Authority Building Control has shortlisted it for four Building Excellence Awards 2016.

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.

Inside the gallery space

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

It has been nominated in the Building Excellence Awards 2016 for:

  • Best public service building
  • Best educational building
  • Best small commercial building
  • Best inclusive building  

This follows the 2015 Leicester Civic Society New Build Award in February and a Highly Commended award in the Access for All category in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

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 nomination 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.”  

They also won the Access for All Tourism Award, which celebrates organisations that provide high value access for all visitors, particularly disabled people and those with access needs, at theLeicester and Leicestershire Excellence in Tourism Awards last year.

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